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Anderson on U18’s Bristol City Win

8 November 2020

Hull City U18 Joint Manager John Anderson says his team need to focus on developing game management after their 4-3 victory over Bristol City U18’s at Bishop Burton College.

Goals from McCauley Power, Will Jarvis, Oliver Green and Luke Rees secured all three points for the Tigers in the U18 Professional Development League.

On the victory…

“It was an exciting game with plenty of goals, but maybe too many conceded, certainly from our point of view. I thought the lads have carried on from Wednesday night against Crewe in terms of it being a good win. We obviously want to win every game we play, but we’re also about development and we need to see games out better.

We spoke about how we were winning at Watford and let them back into the game in the last minute. We played some really good stuff and scored some good goals in this game, but we let Bristol City back into it and it happened once or twice in the game. It’s something we need to be better at, both controlling the game with the ball when we’re winning and maybe being a bit more concentrated and aware of our shape off the ball as well.” 

Notable perfomances…

“We rotated the team and the player brought in have done really well. Billy (Leach) came in and even though he’s not a right back, he played at right back and he’s a very positive player and he likes to get forward and put crosses into the box and Harry (Wallis) had missed a couple of days prior to the match, but he came back into the team no problem and I thought the two of them had done really well.

“Luke (Rees) has been in and out of the team this season and I know he’s been a bit frustrated with his lack of minutes, but he’s kept his head and he’s worked hard away in training and he deserved his goal today; he worked really hard up front.”

Winning formula…

“We scored four good goals against Bristol, three at Colchester and two midweek against Crewe, so we look like we’ve got goals in us, but it’s also eight goals conceded in the last three games which is a team thing. Keeping clean sheets and not conceding goals is something we definitely need to work on. We need to be a little bit harder to beat and break down.

“In the system we play, we try and press fairly high and then be a little bit more rigid and hard to break down in our own half and it’s just a few things we need to work on. When it works, it works really well and obviously the boys are young so there’s still things we need to work on with them and they know that themselves, but that’s why we’re here to try and get better at it.”

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