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Jones: Ready To Go Again

17 August 2021

Alfie Jones says he and his Hull City teammates will be ready to go again when they host Derby County at the MKM Stadium.

The Tigers will be looking to respond to a 3-0 defeat on home soil against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend and, although that result was harsh on Grant McCann’s men, defender Jones says they must use it as a learning curve.

“There was plenty there for us to learn from, but also to build on for the future,” said Jones.

“It was a learning curve, but we’ve sat down and gone through it and now we’re ready to go again against Derby. It will be another tough test for us but we have to go again and look to get points on the board.

“Saturday didn’t feel like a 3-0 game and I don’t think they really carved us open from open play, but to concede from two set-plays is really frustrating. I’ll hold my hands up for one of them because it was my man and I probably wasn’t tight enough to him to block the shot.

“Then, once we go down to ten men it becomes very difficult and they took most of the possession. Overall, it was a frustrating day at the office.”

It could have all been so different had a Josh Magennis header not been kept out by a superb save from R's goalkeeper Seny Dieng, and had Keane Lewis-Potter and Matt Smith not seen good efforts cleared off the line, and those were some of the positives that Jones feels could be taken from the day.

“We had a few chances in the game,” Jones continued.

“The goalkeeper made a brilliant save late in the first half from a Josh Magennis header and then we’ve seen two efforts cleared off the line in the second half and all of that was when the score was still at 1-0.

“On another day, if one of those goes in then we’re in the driving seat and you’re looking at a different result. It was another source of frustration for us on the day but, having said that, once those chances don’t go in it’s important to stay tight at the back and we didn’t do that.”

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