Hull City Under-18s Manager John Anderson said it was a great experience for his side to play at the MKM Stadium.
The Under-18s defeated Colchester United 3-1 in the Professional Development League, with Kyle Fanning scoring a brace either side of Glen Sani’s composed finish.
On the Victory…
“We’re delighted with the win. The boys dug in second half as we were under a little bit of pressure. We didn’t play as well as we did first half, but the team dug in well and showed great resilience and they came away with a good result in the end.
“Hopefully we can kick on now from this result and take it into our next game away at Charlton Athletic, which will be a really tough game.”
“Kyle Fanning had a great performance. He is a first-year scholar and we’re currently helping him improve on how many touches he has on the ball and keeping it simple in midfield. For him to score two goals and get an assist with a great ball down the side for the second goal is great for him. He’s now just got to keep improving every day and keep working on his game and try and get to where he wants to be.
“Before the game, we funnily enough spoke about Glen (Sani) scoring at the stadium and ironically he did. He is a handful for defenders as he never gives them a minute. He runs the channels well and puts defenders under pressure and his goal was reward for his hard work he put in. Unfortunately, he came off with an injury, but hopefully he will be alright.”
MKM Stadium Experience…
“It was a brilliant experience for all involved. We sometimes get the opportunity to do play at the stadium if we get a home fixture in the FA Youth Cup, but this is an added bonus to play in a league match. To have a few fans stay behind and watch the game was very much appreciated and it added that little bit more to it. Even the Colchester staff said it was great for their lads to get that experience of playing on a first-team pitch.
“For the Under-16s featuring, it was a great opportunity for them. Jaedyn Chibanga started the game quite well, but we knew that on a bigger pitch he would tire a little bit so we made the sub after an hour. Ronnie Kelly came on at half-time and we managed to get Sam Opuku on at the end, so for them to play and get a taste of the Under-18s, as well as playing on the first-team pitch, was fantastic for them.”