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Gaffer pleased with Dyer's development

By Dan Simmonite | 7th October 2019

Steve Watson is pleased with how young defender Nathan Dyer is developing in the first team environment after having a run in the starting eleven following an injury to Kallum Griffiths.

Still only 18-years-old, the attacking wing-back played a vital part in City’s comeback in the Emirates FA Cup against Buxton on Saturday, scoring the winning goal in the later stages of the game to open his account for York.

After the game, Watson said: “I said to him at half time, there was too many balls that Fergy (David Ferguson) was whipping across that you are literally in your wing-back position, you need to be an attacking threat as well and believe in yourself a bit more with the ball at his feet which he is very good at.

“He’s really an off the cuff wing-back with the ball and he should be going at pace. Second half he got his reward, he was in and around the area which caused the first goal then obviously got his second goal.”

Watson himself was a right-back, playing at the highest level for the likes of Newcastle United and Everton, and will no doubt be a big influence on the teenager who only made his first team debut 12 months ago against St Ives Town in the FA Cup.

Speaking on his development, Watson added: “I think because of his age and how the under-19 or 23 system teaches kids, not just at our club, it’s all about going forward. You get a kid coming into the first team environment where emphasis is on being very solid - that is what we base our season on.”

“He is a work in progress and only a kid so as long as he wants to learn, and I thought second half he was aerially a lot better.”

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