Hull City U18 Joint Manager Matt Hare has said his team have learnt a harsh lesson after being knocked out of the FA Youth Cup by Doncaster Rovers.
Despite Will Jarvis and Josh Hinds giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead at half-time, Doncaster’s Luca Nelson scored a second-half brace to end the Tigers’ FA Youth Cup run.
On the defeat…
“We’re obviously disappointed. We did not play well at all and we didn’t deserve to win the game. It feels as though it was an opportunity missed as if we played at our potential, I think we could have done well. However, you can’t just decide when you play at your maximum. Looking at the full team, every player now has to play better, both first and second years.
“We need to perform much better than what we produced and the boys need to take this as a learning curve that you cannot just pick and choose your games when you want to turn up and give one hundred percent, so they’ve learnt a harsh lesson and they’re out of the cup and unfortunately that’ll be the last opportunity for some of these boys to play in the competition, but hopefully the first-year scholars next year remember this.”
Two early goals conceded in each half…
“We conceded early twice and it seems to be something that we’ve done a lot this season, especially in the first half. We told the boys at half-time that even though they were 2-1 up, we wasn’t happy with the performance in the first half and we sent them back out hoping for a positive reaction and Doncaster went onto score two early goals which has ultimately won them the game.”
Nottingham Forest preview…
“We now need to respond. We’ve got another game on Saturday against Nottingham Forest and we’re currently performing well in the league at the minute and it’s now to see how the boys will bounce back and respond from the disappointing performance and result against Doncaster.
“Nottingham are performing really well in the league. They’re a strong, physical team who move the ball well and they’re a good footballing team and it’s a team that we can definitely not take lightly.”