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Anderson on U18s’ Birmingham City Defeat

5 October 2020

Hull City U18 Joint Manager John Anderson has admitted his side played below-par after a 2-0 away defeat against Birmingham City.

Second-half goals from Birmingham’s Amari Miller and George Hall succumbed the Tigers to defeat in the U18 Professional Development League at the Trillion Trophy Centre.  

On the game…

“On reflection of the game, we didn’t play particularly well. We were caught most times in between pressing and staying in our shape. Birmingham are a very good side if you let them play and they will punish you when they have the opportunity. We’ve spoken about pressing in training recently that if you’re going to press, the whole team have to collectively press and we just never really did it and it’s something we need to do more work on and get better at it.  

“On the ball, we never really produced too much. We had a few half chances and we hit the post through Jake Leake, but we didn’t really create any clear-cut chances. Off the ball, we need better organisation and we need to be a bit braver on and off the ball collectively going forward.

M. Power Injury…

“McCauley Power came off minutes into the second half with a kidney injury. He went to Birmingham hospital and he was allowed to come back to Hull after being assessed. He will be continued to be monitored closely by the medical department.

Watford Preview…

“Watford is always a difficult test, home or away. We say it every week that every game we face in this league is difficult and Watford is no different. I believe we won 3-0 last time we played them last season at Bishop Burton. They were in and around the top two of the South division last season before the postponement of the league and they will be up there again this season, so we have to be on our best form to go there and pick up a result.”

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