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Nicholson: Players showed great character to come from behind

17 February 2015

Goals from Dobbie and Hunter earned a draw for Town

Town’s development squad twice came from behind to earn a draw against Preston North End in an entertaining affair at Springfields this afternoon.

The home side took the lead midway through the first period, however Stephen Dobbie equalised with a fine strike from the edge of the box before the interval.

North End retook the advantage early into the second period, but the Cod Army weren’t to be denied as Ash Hunter ensured a share of the spoils.

After the game, Barry Nicholson said: “Coming from behind twice shows good character from the lads and it’s a great trait to have.

“That side of things is another part of the boys’ development and how you react to losing a goal, so I’m pleased with that.

“The overall performance once again today was pleasing, but I was disappointed with the manner we conceded our goals.

“There were two crosses into the box which we failed to deal with, but other than that the performance was good and we scored a couple of great goals.”

Nicholson was also pleased that the game offered an opportunity for his young players to pit their wits against a North End team full of talent.

“It’s important that these games are competitive and against opposition which you want to test yourself against.

“It’s good for the lads to be coming up against these sorts of players, and they did themselves no harm this afternoon.

“When we’ve played other sides in the past the lads have done well against their first team players, so you do tend to raise your game.”

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