Andy Dawson admitted the better team won after Hull City Under-23’s suffered a 3-0 defeat away at Birmingham City in the Professional Development League.
An own goal and strikes from Kane Thompson-Sommers and Adan George condemned the Tigers to defeat at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre.
On the defeat…
“It’s always disappointing when you lose, but we came up against a really strong, high-energy and high-quality Birmingham team. I think when they scored the first goal, they were quite dominant and the game became comfortable for them. At half-time, we gave the team a few tips on tactically what we could do to improve and I thought to be fair we started the second half well. However, when the second goal went in, you could see the dominance Birmingham had and how it affected our players, but the team kept going and kept fighting for the cause.
“We never want them to get used to losing, because even though it’s all about development, you can win and still develop, so we’ll take pointers out of this results. I think we got by the better team which is disappointing, but that’s full credit to Birmingham.”
“It was great for Callum (Jones) to be back and he played an hour. James (Berry) had played only forty-four minutes in the last few months with his injuries, so it’s great for them to get minutes and they’ll all be better for that.
“Ryan (Hanson) came back from Dover Athletic and he’s always a lad who has the right attitude and trains right everyday. I think he came into a game that matched the physicality of the National League, so it was a great challenge for him and one that he stood up to. He also tried to help the younger players, because they needed it today against such an experienced Birmingham team and hopefully Ryan is alright with his injury.”
“We know from the last game we played against Barnsley that they’re a good side and that it was a really, really good game. They’re competitive, very front-footed and it’ll be another really competitive game of football.
“We’ll look at the things the team did well and the things they didn’t do quite well and they’ll be loads of work done over the next week to help and show them and they’ll get another opportunity in the Barnsley game to improve.”