Alfie Jones and his Hull City teammates were left frustrated by a 2-0 defeat away at Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night.
The 23 year-old defender has featured in the Tigers’ last six outings - contributing to three clean sheets in the process - but was disappointed with both the result and performance at the Wham Stadium, feeling the team needed to be braver and more composed.
“Last week we got the ball down and played against them, and we took them apart with our style of play and quick passing,” said Jones. “This week, I felt the we got sucked into their game and we ended up going long when we just needed to get a grip of the game and show some composure. That was the frustrating thing for us and we didn’t really settle. That was the difference between the two games.
“We didn’t help ourselves. We didn’t turn them around. Accrington want to be on the front foot and to get onto the second balls, and that is what they did. We needed to show more composure and needed to be brave to get on the ball and play our football.
“For the first goal, it was a good bit of movement from them but we didn’t follow the runner or get a block in on the shot. I think they had two shots on target in the game and scored from them both so they were clinical, but the goals were preventable. We had a few chances that we didn’t take which makes it more frustrating so we need to put it right on Saturday.
“We need to be braver and put our stamp on the game earlier. There was a lot of energy at the start of the game and that was when we just needed to take a breath and put a foot on the ball to settle things. We didn’t control the game early on, so on Saturday we need to control the game from the start and, if it gets a bit hectic, put our foot on it and calm it down.
“It sums this league up. Each game is different. You have a game like Portsmouth last weekend where we played great football, scored plenty of goals and were really solid at the back, and then you have Tuesday night which was totally different and that is where we need to step up and put our mark on the game. We need to play our own high intensity football and show the right composure.”