Anderson Focusing On The Positives
John Anderson insists there were plenty of positives for his Hull City U18s side to take from their 4-2 defeat at the hands of Grimsby Town last weekend.
Rob Guilfoyle and Josh Hinds were on the scoresheet for the young Tigers, but goals from Luis Adlard, Cameron Painter, Brandon McPherson and Joe Starbuck ensured it was the visitors who claimed victory in the pre-season friendly clash at Bishop Burton College.
Reflecting on the game, Anderson said: "I thought it was very much a game of two halves. I thought we played well first half. I thought we dominated the ball, had a lot of the ball although we were maybe guilty of over-playing at times.
"It just goes to show though it's not what matters though because despite enjoying a lot of the ball, we found ourselves 2-1 down at half-time, which was largely down to the fact that Grimsby had a very good shape to their team.
"They were nice and compact and when they won the ball, they looked to break on us and they done it effectively.
"Second half we changed it as you get six or seven subs, people are coming on and off, which obviously didn’t help the rhythm of the game, but I just thought second half Grimsby were better.
"I thought they got stronger as the game went on and I think they showed a little more about them in the second half and they looked as though they had that little bit more edge to their game than us and they ran out deserved winners in the end.
"As much as we want to win every game we play, we have to be aware that we're in pre-season and the focus is very much on getting the lads ready for the campaign ahead.
"They’re getting minutes under their belts and we're making sure everybody is fit and ready to go. There were still positives to gain from aspects of our performance though. To get two goals and get everyone through the game without any injuries is a major plus.
"Obviously conceding four goals wasn't great, so it’s certainly something we need to work on, but the last two or three weeks, we’ve been mainly working on fitness and more of the technical aspect as they start to come in around on the coming weeks because we’re edging closer to the start of the season.
"They just need to keep building and building and hopefully be ready for the start of the first game of the new season."