Hull City Under-18s Manager John Anderson praised his side’s character to come from 2-0 down to secure a 3-2 victory over Cardiff City U18s at Bishop Burton College.
A brace from Jake Brown and a stoppage-time winner from Glen Sani secured the young Tigers victory on the opening day of the 2021/22 Professional Development League season.
On the victory…
“I’m happy with the three points. To score three goals in the last ten minutes showed real endeavour and to be fair to the boys, they kept going and to get the win is pleasing. I compared this game to the Swansea game last year when we were 2-0 down with ten minutes left to go and we came away with a 2-2 draw.
“I thought we played some good stuff in our own half, but we never really mixed the game up enough. I mentioned at half-time that even though we do want to play out through the thirds, we needed to mix the game up and give them a few problems with their high press as we weren’t creating a lot at 2-0. Funnily enough, the first and third goals came from balls down the side or over the top and I think the first goal was vital for us as it kicked us on a little bit.”
“Tom (Macauley) has entered his second year now and he had to be patient last year, with Harry Fisk having a good season. He spent a lot of time on the bench and like a lot of second years, it’s a big year for them. He stepped in and made a couple of really good saves that kept us in the game, so I’m pleased for him.
“We actually moved Jake Brown onto the wing when we made the substitution and he probably looked a little bit more comfortable going forward and Glen Sani did well with his runs. We’ve said to him that you can make 100 runs in a game and you may only get the ball once or twice but if you can be effective in the time you get it, then it’s great. He got his just rewards for the runs he was making by scoring a good goal under pressure from both the defender and the goalkeeper.”
Bristol City Preview…
“We spoke to the boys at the end of the game that while we were full of praise for the comeback, we didn’t keep the ball well enough or mix the game up well enough. The game is not all pretty with passing patterns out from the back. The game is to know when to pass and when to stick balls in behind or down the channels, winning both first and second balls as well as tackles. We have to be better at the fundamentals from the first whistle.
“I think we beat Bristol City last year here 4-3, but the year before, we travelled there and lost 1-0. Every game in this league is tough. There are no easy games, so we’ll travel down and we’ll expect nothing but a tough game.”