Hull City

Crosby Seeks Defensive Improvement

14 December 2017
When Head Coach Nigel Adkins and his assistant Andy Crosby arrived at the Club last week, tightening up the Tigers' defence became one of their main priorities.

The goals against column is one of the main reasons why the side currently finds itself in the lower half of the Championship table, but former defender Crosby hopes that his experience can help to reduce the flow of goals heading into the back of their net.

“Obviously I hope that can be the case and the amount of goals that we have conceded is there for everybody to see,” said Crosby, who played more than 700 games in a career that took in seven clubs including Brighton & Hove Albion, Oxford United and Scunthorpe United.

“As a team it hasn’t been good enough. As somebody that played as a defender, I know that the finger often gets pointed at the goalkeeper and the back four as if it is only their problem – it isn’t.

“We have to defend better as a team, both in open play and from set pieces. We need to have players desperate to keep the ball out of their net, just as we have players desperate to score a goal.

“We don’t seem to have had a problem scoring goals and that continued last weekend, but we can’t continue with having to score two, three or four times to win a match.

“If we want to move up the table we have to reduce the amount of crosses coming into our box and the amount of shots opposition teams are having as that all contributes towards conceding fewer goals.

“We’ve had a good week on the training ground this week working on our defensive principles. Making use of the time we have with the players is key.”

After a spell out of work, during which he helped out with Northern Ireland at U21 level, Crosby is delighted to be back in the day-to-day life of club football and has enjoyed his first week with the Tigers.

“It’s great to be back in. That feeling you get from working with the players every day is fantastic,” continued Crosby.

“In terms of the players, there was only really Michael Hector that I knew from when we were at Reading, but obviously I knew there were players here that have had fantastic careers. It’s all about building relationships with them now, both individually and collectively, and trying to maximise their potential.

“We have a great working environment here and people who are desperate to do well – players and staff.

“The reaction of the players has been fantastic and they’re open to things. They’ve given us some feedback as well on what they feel can help them to move forward and it has been good so far.”