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Clarke on U18s Sheffield United defeat

25 March 2022

Hull City U18s Assistant Manager Billy Clarke said there wasn’t too much in the game after his side suffered defeat against league leaders Sheffield United.

Two goals in the first half by Josh Smith and Will Lankshear and one in the second by Theo Williams condemned the Tigers to defeat at Bishop Burton College.

On the result…

“Although we lost 0-3, I didn’t think it deserved to be 0-3. There wasn’t much in the game. We switched off from a throw-in and then they score from a set-piece and we’re 0-2 down and it’s always difficult in any game to get back into it. I thought we kept battling until the end and on another day we would have scored, but that’s just how the game went.

“Once we were 0-1 down, it was an uphill battle straight away and we did some nice things and played some nice stuff and got a couple of half chances. We could of got a few more bodies into the box and cause a few more problems, but there wasn’t much in the game to be honest other than the scoreline which is the most important thing, but in terms of performance, we can certainly take positives.”

Under-16s stepping up…

“Paul (Iggulden) has been doing well for us in recent weeks. With any young player, you will get inconsistencies, but we have been happy with how they’ve done. Harry Spence was a threat when he came on off the bench and Sam Opoku looked composed when he was on the ball in the midfield and they certainly haven’t looked like Under-16s stepping up to play Under-18s’ football which is a positive for us moving forward.”

Previewing Millwall…

“The focus now will be the same as it is every week which is going to be developing our young footballers and making them better players, by equipping them with various things to deal with and various opposition. We’ll have a look at how Millwall will play and how their previous games have been and we’ll plan towards it starting on Monday next week.

“It will be a tough game, but we’ll focus on ourselves like we always do. We’ll work hard, we’ll develop the boys to cope with different things and also develop them to create things for us.”

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