Hull City U18 Joint Manager Matt Hare says he’s happy with his team’s response after being knocked out of the FA Youth Cup by defeating Nottingham Forest U18’s 4-2.
A hat-trick from Harvey Carew and a goal from Henry Curtis secured all three points for the Tigers at Bishop Burton College in the U18 Professional Development League.
On the victory…
“I’m really happy with the performance. We knew it was going to be a really tough game and it was a game where we had to be work hard from the first whistle all the way through to the end. We knew Nottingham Forest wasn’t going to give us anything easy and we said that to the lads beforehand that it won’t be an easy win and we also said that we’re not going to give them an easy win either. The boys responded to that message really well and we’re happy with the performance that they put in today.
“To be fair to the lads, throughout the season when we have gone away and got beat, they’ve always bounced back in a real positive manner and it was another great way to bounce back after the Doncaster defeat and they’ve done really well to come back with a work ethic to see out a really, really tough win.”
Harvey Carew Hat-Trick…
“When we did our pre-match studies on Nottingham Forest, we knew Harvey could hurt them at the back with his pace and finishing abilities he possesses and our game plan worked for ourselves and Harvey, so we was happy with that and how quick he stepped into the team after not being in the starting eleven for a few weeks, so we’re happy with Harvey’s performance.”
“It’s great to see Henry (Curtis) score. It’s funny actually, because in the analysis session this week, I told Henry he’d score this week and he hasn’t scored since the U12’s! The other boys started laughing, but they wasn’t laughing when they were cheering in the corner with him, so it was great to see Henry score that goal. It was the first time in a long while for him and hopefully there’s many more to come.
“It was great to see Sam (Deacon) get minutes as well as it was his first game with us and it’s definitely his first start as a scholar. I thought Sam did really well and not only has he completed the full ninety minutes, he also provided an assist and he was threat on the counter with his good passing technique, so we was really happy with Sam’s performance.”