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Hare on U18’s Coventry Defeat

17 December 2020

Hull City U18 Joint Manager Matt Hare says there is work to be done after his side were beaten 2-0 away against Coventry City.

Goals by Joe Nightingale and Harrison Nee condemned the Tigers to defeat at The Alan Higgs Centre.  

On The Defeat…

“I think first half, we didn’t get out of the blocks quick enough and we looked a little bit sluggish after the break we’ve had with the coronavirus shutdown, but in the second half I thought we was a little bit better. We definitely were not at our high standards that we expect and that we’ve seen this season, but there was definitely some improvements in the second half and unfortunately it was Coventry that got the goal that sealed the win for them. I think if we had got the equaliser, we maybe would have kicked on and taken all three points, but that’s just the way it is.

“I will have to look back on the footage of the goals, but we gave the ball back cheaply on the second goal and Coventry punished us on what was a bad touch in the middle third.”

Triple Substitution…

“Obviously, we’ve been shut down for two and half to three weeks and with the lads just coming back in and only having four days training before this game and then having another game on Saturday meant that we needed to manage the group a little bit so we decided to change the midfield up on the hour mark.

“It was just making sure that we didn’t burn anyone out and it gave certain players to have vital minutes and we thought it was an opportunity to get the midfield three rotated, so that’s what we decided to do.”

Crewe Alexandra Preview…

“Crewe are a really strong team and it took us to the 80th minute to go and get our two goals against them last time in the FA Youth Cup earlier this season, so they don’t give anything easy. Crewe are doing very, very well in the league and I think they are pushing up near the top, so it’s going to be another tough game and we’re going to have to be at our best to get a result.”

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