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Anderson on U18s' Wigan Athletic Defeat

21 September 2020

Hull City U18 Joint Manager John Anderson admitted his side lacked quality at vital moments after watching his side lose 1-0 against Wigan Athletic at the weekend.

The Tigers have lost both of their U18 Professional Development League fixtures this season, losing 2-0 away to Sheffield United on the opening day.

On the game…

“I’m disappointed to lose the game. I thought we lacked a little bit of quality in the final third and we were a little bit flat footed in and around the box and we never really reacted and I think because of that, we never scored any goals, but I was pleased with the last twenty-five minutes of the second half.

“We did have a lot of the ball, but we seemed to lack that bit of guile in and around the box and we did say at half-time that the game could be decided on one bit of either magic or a mistake and unfortunately, the goal we conceded was from a free header. It was a great save initially by Harry Fisk, but we don’t deal with the next one.  

“Jevon’s (Mills) hit the bar with a really good header and Will (Jarvis) right at the end has done really well to close down the keeper with almost the last kick of the game, but in the end, the ball has gone wide, but there was certainly positives to take. The boys need to know that even when we’re on top, we need to be patient, keep playing our football and not get too overexcited at times, because we just lacked that bit of quality at times, because we were so desperate to get back into the game.”

First-year scholars impressing…

“They did well. The first-year scholars have come in and to be fair to them, they’ve been in the building maybe a couple of months now and they’ve settled in really well. It is always difficult coming into a new environment straight out of school and as I say, they’ve adjusted well and in all the games we’ve played so far, they’ve done really well.”

Returning back to football…

“After around five months in lockdown, I think everyone was the same that everybody wanted to get back playing football again. It’s still not one hundred percent back to normal, but the fact that we managed to come in and do some format of a pre-season and the fact that we are playing games is great. It’s great to be back on the grass again and I know the boys feel the same way.”

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