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Anderson On U18s' Bolton Win

Anderson On U18s' Bolton Win

John Anderson says there are still improvements to be made despite seeing his Hull City U18s side register an impressive 6-1 home victory against Bolton Wanderers at the weekend. 

Goals from Rob Guilfoyle (2), Will Jarvis, Josh Hinds, Jake Bayram and Luke Rees secured all three points for the Tigers in the U18 Professional Development League clash at Bishop Burton College.

Read Anderson’s assessment of the victory below…

On his team's performance…
Any game you win 6-1, you have to be delighted. After losing the last two against Barnsley and Wigan Athletic, it was nice to play well, score a few goals and get the three points. On the whole, it was a pleasing day. We know we’ve got goals in the team and against Bolton it was good to see the goals come from all areas of the pitch. The wide men who chipped in with goals, Luke Rees came on and scored with what was almost his first touch, Jake Bayram was on the scoresheet and there was Rob Guilfoyle up front netting a brace as well.

We went in 3-0 ahead at half-time and, during the break, we spoke about trying to do the right things at the right times, while also highlighting the importance of keeping a clean sheet and trying to be ruthless in the way we set ourselves a standard.

With that in mind, it was disappointing to concede and not keep a clean sheet. I don’t think you can ever have a perfect performance, but we did a lot of things well. We were quite confident on the ball, we passed it quite well with a few of the goals coming from good passing moves, which was pleasing. There’s always stuff to improve on though and the boys know that. They know they can always improve individually and as a team, but you’ve got to be happy when you score six goals to win the game.

On first-year scholars…
We spoke on the bench that with ten minutes to go that the majority of the players, I think three or four second years were started the game, but a lot of them were first years, so that’s pleasing for us. We’ve got twelve first years this year, so the fact that we had a few of them on the pitch was great to see because it can only be good for their development and progression.

On Henry Curtis' U18s Debut…
Henry played with the U17s a couple of weeks ago at Wigan Athletic and he earned the chance to play for the U18s on Saturday. I thought he did very well. Obviously, football is a team game and on the back of a good team performance, it was probably easier for him to come into the team for the first time. Take nothing away from Henry though, he did very well throughout the entire game.