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Anderson Hails Pleasing Performance

Anderson Hails Pleasing Performance

John Anderson was full of praise for his players after the Under-18s registered their first point of the 2018/19 Professional Development League campaign against QPR at the weekend.

Jake Bayram's second half penalty earned the Tigers a share of the spoils with a 1-1 draw at Bishop Burton College and, whilst admitting his young side still have room for improvement, he described their performance against the West London outfit as "very pleasing".

"I think for the first 30-35 minutes of the game, we sat off QPR far too much and allowed them to dictate play," said Anderson. "They were the better team and they were probably deservedly ahead.

"I spoke to the boys before the game and asked them what they wanted to do in terms of the way we set up and they said they wanted to press QPR high up the pitch so it was agreed that when they play out, we would press high.

"However, we never did that and we allowed them out far too easily for my liking. But, we tweaked a few things here and there and pushed the full backs slightly further forward the minutes before the break and we started pressing a bit higher up the park.

"After that, we worked our way back into the game and I thought we were the better team. I’m not sure we dominated the second half, but we were certainly the front-foot team.

"I thought we were the better team second half, and with a bit more luck we could've won the game. QPR came back at us a little bit in the last ten minutes, but I don’t think they created much in terms of clear-cut chances.

"When you look at the chances we created in the second half, and the fact that we hit the bar and their keeper made two or three really good saves, we were on top and like I say, with a wee bit more luck, we might have come away with all three points.

"Overall it was a very pleasing performance but the challenge for the lads now is to improve even further on that as we look to push on."