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Dozzell: A Big Win, One Which Was Much Needed
Wednesday, 24th Feb 2021 10:47

Midfielder Andre Dozzell hailed the Blues’ 1-0 victory at Hull City, their first of the season against one of League One’s top sides, as a big win and one which was very much needed.

The Blues had beaten only Accrington while in the top 10 this season - Stanley were sixth when they were defeated 2-0 at Portman Road in October - with their eight previous games against the sides in the top six having ended in defeat.

Among those matches was a comprehensive 3-0 home defeat to the Tigers at Portman Road in November.

But last night was a different story with the Blues, who hadn’t beaten Hull in their previous 14 meetings, probably worthy of winning by more than a single goal.

Dozzell felt it was an important victory in the wake of Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with the division’s form club Oxford United.

“It’s a very big win, I think it was much needed, coming off the last game where we should have got three points,” he said. “It’s something build on, we want to take that into the Doncaster game.

“I think every single player put a good performance in, they did their job. We worked as hard as we could and we got the rewards.”

He added: “It’s a big three points but we don’t want to stop here. We’ve had three clean sheets as well and when you keep clean sheets you’ve always got a chance of winning. We’ve just got to keep going and take it into Saturday, which will be another tough game.”

The 21-year-old had praise for the Blues’ backline for that third clean sheet in three and also for Myles Kenlock, who had a hand in James Norwood’s winning goal.

“I think the whole back four were solid and Kenny’s assist was a great ball and obviously Norwood with a great finish as well,” he said.

“I’ve been playing with Myles for a few years now and I see him do it in training, so it’s nice to see him do it in a game.”

Kenlock’s excellent cross-field pass teed-up up Norwood for his fourth goal of the season. It was just the type of chance the striker needs if he’s score with the regularity of his spell with Tranmere which led to his move to the Blues in the summer of 2019.

“Exactly but every single one of us has got to keep going, the forwards have got to perform, the midfield’s got to perform and the back four’s got to perform,” the former England U20 international continued.

“James is such a handful for defenders, you can see that. His movement, his work-rate, he just causes a lot of problems for the defenders.”

Dozzell felt Norwood combined well with on-loan Tottenham man Troy Parrott playing in a role between the lone out-and-out striker and he and Teddy Bishop in midfield.

“I think the front two, they worked so well,” he reflected. “When one went the other went short. There was just that understanding between those two and I think it will be a good partnership, and they can build on that as well.”

He says he enjoys operating alongside Bishop: “I’ve been playing with Teddy for years now, he’s come through the academy as well and I like playing with him.”

Asked whether he and Bishop have given manager Paul Lambert a decision to make with Flynn Downes available following his two-match suspension on Saturday, Dozzell said: “That’s up to the gaffer. We all did our best today and hopefully we can take that into the next game. But at the end of the day it’s the gaffer’s decision.”

Quizzed on what’s changed between last Tuesday’s exceptionally flat display as the Blues drew 0-0 with Northampton at Portman Road and yesterday’s display, Dozzell said: “Not much has changed really. Obviously you could see we were very organised [against Hull].

“We’ve been working as hard as we can in previous games. I’ve always said that luck is going to change and this is the time now where we’ll get that big three points against a good side and we’ll take that into another big game on Saturday.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game against sixth-placed Doncaster, who beat the Blues 4-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium in October, Dozzell said: “Doncaster will be a different game, another tough game. We know they’re good but if we perform like that then we’ve every chance of winning.”

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IpswichToon added 10:52 - Feb 24
I think we owe Doncaster a little bit of payback after that some-what flattering 4-1 scoreline at their ground.

shakytown added 11:20 - Feb 24
More of the same please. Two up front and none of this playing it out from the back rubbish please Lambert.

Suffolkboy added 11:37 - Feb 24
Measured conviction ; cause for some real optimism especially if the coordination can be carried forward .

aas1010 added 12:00 - Feb 24
Blah blah blah . Lambert out🪓🪓

Bert added 12:43 - Feb 24
@aas1010 I think your posts would benefit from some objective comment. We know the club looks at TWTD so let’s show them we are all grown up. As for Dozzell’s comments, I thought his words nicely summed up what is working on the field and long may it continue.

arc added 12:56 - Feb 24

Good win. You know?—I'm actually beginning to believe we may avoid relegation ;-)

MonkeyAlan added 13:34 - Feb 24
We should be one of the top sides in this division. Not spouting off about beating one of the top sides. Is that clown still in charge? Evans you muppet.

Marinermagic added 14:51 - Feb 24
ass1010 your comments seem to be rather repetitive it must have been terrible for you to listen to a goodbye performance last night. Never mind hopefully you'll get used to it if you are allowed to śtay up and listen to another game. COYB, LAMBERT IN !

Marinermagic added 14:53 - Feb 24
ass1010 your comments seem to be rather repetitive it must have been terrible for you to listen to a good performance last night. Never mind hopefully you'll get used to it if you are allowed to śtay up and listen to another game. COYB, LAMBERT IN !

aas1010 added 15:55 - Feb 24
Bert marinermagic . No wonder this clubs in a state it’s idiots like you who are so two faced one min slagging lambert off then next 1 win and it’s all red roses sent to him , smell fresh air dim whits ! 🖕

alfromcol added 16:20 - Feb 24
dim whits ! 🖕 Just spotted one

aas1010 added 16:43 - Feb 24
And I’ve spotted 3 😁

Bert added 16:47 - Feb 24
You need to keep to topic aas1010. This is about how Dozzell saw the game and not about Lambert. Try putting some balance into your posts rather than personal abuse to fellow posters. That's how grown ups behave.

aas1010 added 17:27 - Feb 24
Bert. If you read the bottom it says I quote “add comment “well Burt I’m allowed to air my views just like hundreds off other itfc followers it’s life my old mucker . Any my view is that lambert should be out . Whether you like it or not ! As for the blah blah blah on my comment . That relates to the tripe we hear after matches every match . .

aas1010 added 17:29 - Feb 24
Oh plus you said my comments don’t coincide with topic . Right let’s look at your comment on the subject oh you didn’t put one you just slagged mine off instead !

Bert added 18:19 - Feb 24
Most of us want Lambert out but read my posts aas1010 and you will see how I approach things. You are quite at liberty to disagree but you may benefit from being a bit more adult about things. I refer you again to the house rules about keeping on topic and not posting foul language or libellous content. Posting on here is a privilege not an opportunity, in your language, to slag fellow supporters off and call them idiots. Nothing more to say.

aas1010 added 19:18 - Feb 24
Look Bert . I don’t need a lecture or a teaching lesson from you . I left school some 30 years . Get a grip !

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