Grant McCann admitted he was gutted for his young Hull City side as a harsh, late penalty saw them lose 2-1 to Leicester City Under-21s in their opening EFL Trophy Northern Group H game on Tuesday night.
Keane Lewis-Potter was on target for the Tigers, cancelling out a Callum Wright opener in the second half, but the Foxes snatched the win with a controversial penalty deep into added time.
“I didn’t think we were great in the first half, but in the second half I thought we got to grips with the game better and looked a bit more threatening,” said McCann.
“The most pleasing thing really is that a lot of boys have made their first appearance for the Club tonight and there were some very good performances, particularly from Callum Jones who I thought was excellent throughout. He’s been around the group for a while now. He’s got aggression and a bit of a bite about him but he can handle the ball, too. He’s a good young player and we’re pleased with his performance tonight.
“It was pleasing to see Keane get the goal tonight. It was a great ball in from Billy Chadwick and I thought he was impressive when he came on. He’s a Hull boy who has been at the Club a long time and it was great for him to set the goal up.
“I’m gutted for the team to lose in the fashion that they did. It was a very soft penalty and a decision that left us bemused. The second half was a much improved performance from us and we didn’t deserve to lose the game in that manner."