Hull City

Anderson: Best Team Won

06 December 2019
John Anderson admitted the ‘best team’ won after his Hull City U18s side were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup following a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Leeds United at Elland Road on Thursday night.

The Tigers made a dream start in West Yorkshire when Will Jarvis opened the scoring after just 40 seconds, but the hosts hit back to lead 2-1 at the break courtesy of goals from Joshveer Shergill and Charlie Cresswell before the latter added his second of the evening from the penalty spot on 69 minutes to secure Leeds’ passage into the next round.

Read Anderson’s assessment of the game below…

On the disappointment of losing the game…
It was obviously a frustrating result for us. It was a big night for the boys coming to Elland Road and, as I mentioned before the game, it was a challenge that everyone in the camp was looking forward to. However, it wasn’t to be. The lads’ heads were down in the dressing room afterwards because they were disappointed to have lost the game. But, to be fair, the best team on the night won. We can’t have any real complaints about the result whatsoever. Leeds had a lot of the ball after the game settled down and thoroughly deserved the win.

On his team’s quick start…
It was a great start – I was barely sat down before I was on my feet celebrating! We scored after just 40 seconds and it was a bright start from the team. It was a really positive way to kick-off the tie and the aim was to kick on from there but we never quite managed that. Again, everyone was disappointed but it’s just something the lads have to move on and learn from. We’ll look back at the game and go through the positives that we can take from the performance, while also looking at things that we can work and improve on going forward in the league campaign.

On what his young players can learn from the defeat…
We said to the lads beforehand about coming off the pitch with no regrets and leaving nothing out on the pitch by being aggressive when we can in our press and be a team that is hard to break down. We maybe showed them just a little bit too much respect at times. We could’ve maybe got a little bit closer to them at times. It’s all about knowing when to press and knowing when to be organised but take nothing away from Leeds. They’re a good team and we knew they passed the ball well and that was the case tonight.

On the importance and bouncing back and going again…
We’ve got a league game on Tuesday and we have to get ready for that now. As I’ve said, the boys were down in the dressing room afterwards but it’s important to move on and focus on the next test now. They’ll have a rest day tomorrow (Friday) and then be back in on Saturday to start our preparations for Tuesday’s game against Sheffield United. We’ll look forward to that and hopefully bounce back at the first time of asking.

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