Hull City U18 Joint Manager Matt Hare has said he was delighted the team have progressed to the Second Round of The FA Youth Cup, after a 2-0 victory away at Crewe Alexandra.
Second half goals from Louis Beckett and Will Jarvis secured the Tigers’ place in the next round of the prestigious tournament.
On the victory…
“I’m absolutely delighted with the result as that’s what it was all about; it was making sure we got into that next round so it was objective achieved. What was more pleasing was coming away from home and performing under the lights at a first-team stadium and the boys stood up to the task and kept a clean sheet as well, so I’m really happy with our performance.
“We knew Crewe were a good football team coming into the game. They like to pass and move the ball and they’re good with the movements. We knew we had to be organised throughout the ninety minutes, so there was nothing that we didn’t expect from Crewe and it was all about those concentration levels, making sure that we was tactically sound and that we was set up correctly and be ready to hit them on the counter, which we did and we scored some goals from it so we’re pleased.”
“I think the beauty of it was the boys had learned from last week when we was 3-0 up and we ended up conceding five in the second half against Colchester so I think last week helped us for this week. It’s all a learning curve for the lads so it was about keeping that focus and they’ve gone and responded this week by making sure that Crewe didn’t score, but also going on to score the second goal to kill the game off.”
Substitutes making an impact…
“The three boys that came on (Jake Leake, McCauley Snelgrove, Will Jarvis) have been mainly with the U23’s this year as well as spending a little bit of time at Cottingham with the first-team and we brought them on and they made the impact we were expecting them to go and make, so we was more than happy with the boys that went on.
“For Will (Jarvis), it was great for him to score. He had a similar opportunity in the last minute against Wigan earlier this season where he has closed down the keeper and he took the ball off the keeper and the keeper clipped him in that game and that could have been 1-1 for us against the League Champions of last season. However, Will’s always hungry in and around the box. He will close people down and he did it and got the reward for his work when he came on and made a difference for us.”