Hull City U18 Joint Manager John Anderson says his side gained vital minutes for upcoming fixtures, despite suffering a 2-0 defeat against Birmingham City U18’s.
Kieran Wakefield scored a brace to condemn the Tigers to defeat in the U18 Professional Development League.
On the Defeat…
“We’re obviously disappointed with the result. I felt as though we started the game fairly well and to lose a goal quite early on I think set the boys back a little bit for the next ten or fifteen minutes and I think Birmingham had a good spell. I think in the second half, I don’t think we played badly as we played a lot of the game in their half, but we spoke to the boys at the end of the game and they had a reflective spell where they told us what they thought and they said exactly the same things we told them. We lacked a bit of quality in the final third and although we were playing a little bit higher up the pitch, we still didn’t quite get the press right, but the boys are aware of that and they know that it’s something to improve on and that we need to work on it more in training and then try and replicate it in future games.”
“It was great for James (Carr) to come on and he did well. Glen Sani and Ben Voase was also on the bench and it was a pity we couldn’t get them all on obviously and as well we had six first-year scholars who started so that’s always a positive the fact that they were involved today.
“It was good to have Josh Ward back as he’s been out for a couple of months through injury and isolation so it was good to get him back on the pitch and get him some minutes as well, but it was a positive that we finished the game with an Under-16 on the pitch and a number of first-years as well.”
Targets of Improvement…
“We’ve spoken about trying to improve every day in training and that’s either on the ball or off the ball and the boys admitted themselves that we maybe need to be a little bit tidier and to have that little bit more of quality in the opposition’s half and we just need to try and work on the press and get better at closing teams down.
“When you don’t play for six weeks, you can do as much training as you want, but it’s always difficult to replicate it in a game and it’s not an excuse, but obviously it’s going to take a game or two for the boys to get back up to full speed.”