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Clarke on U18s Wigan Victory

20 December 2021

Hull City U18s Assistant Manager Billy Clarke praised his side’s performance after defeating Wigan Athletic 5-1 at Bishop Burton College.

The visitors were reduced to ten men in the first half, as the Tigers produced a clinical performance to secure all three points in the Professional Development League.

On the Victory…

“Overall I thought we played well. There were three points on offer and that was all we thought about. We were playing well against 11 men as we were 1-0 up at that stage and I don’t think Wigan going down to ten men should take away how well we played.

“What I was most pleased about was how we did the basic things really well and I thought there was some excellent performances from the lads. We passed the ball well and we trusted each other on the ball and defensively I thought we were brilliant. Our recovery runs, our desire to win the ball in the tackle and our organisation was excellent, so it was a very well deserved performance and it’s great to finish the year with a win.”

Wigan’s Red Card…

“I thought it was a red card. Sincere (Hall) gave the defender two yards already and he went past them all. There was an argument that there was a recovering defender, but I don’t think anyone was catching him. It was unfortunate for Wigan and I thought it is very easy to get sucked into a game when the opposition have ten men as they will sit behind the ball and try and punish you on the counter, but I thought we did the basics right and our concentration levels stayed high and we punished them when we had the chances.”

Matching Performance Levels…

“In an ideal world, we want them to match this level of performance to the end of the season, but you’re not going to get that at any level. However, our job is to make them realise why they got success in this game and to give them the tools to replicate that week-by-week and to be consistent. That will be said to the boys about what they are capable of doing, but at the same time, we know as coaches there will be consistency issues, but we’ll keep sending the same messages of doing the basics right and have that desire and culture within the team and then you can build blocks from that to create a winning mentality.”

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