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Anderson On U18s' Burnley Defeat

Anderson On U18s' Burnley Defeat

John Anderson cut a frustrated figure after watching his Hull City U18s side slip to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Burnley at Bishop Burton College on Saturday.

Despite Jake Bayram and Oliver Green getting on the scoresheet for the Tigers, goals from Jayden Major, Fin Armstrong, Corey Brennan and Kade Ratchford ensured it was the visitors who claimed all three points in the U18 Professional Development League clash.

Read Anderson’s assessment of the defeat below…

On his reaction on the defeat...
I was a bit frustrated with regards the defeat. Once again, we failed to do the basics well and I firmly believe that you shouldn’t score two goals at home and lose the game. We conceded poor goals and just weren’t at it on the day.

We started the game well and were probably the better team in the opening exchanges. We got a goal through Jake Bayram’s free-kick and through our own sloppiness, we ended up letting them back into the game. That can happen in football, but then you still look for a positive reaction. It didn't happen though and I don’t think we really got a foothold in the game from that point.

A positive was when we went down 2-1 and we bounced back straight away. That’s always a positive and it shows good character to do that, but that was probably the only time in the game we did it. As soon as we got it back to 2-2, we seemed to go back into our shell again. We never kicked on and, in the end, it was a frustrating day.

On McCauley Power's injury...
I’m not too sure what the extent of the injury is, but he got a bang on his knee. He was in a bit of pain and discomfort so he had to come off and we’ll just have to assess that in the next few days to see how he is. Harvey (Carew) replaced him and he was unlucky because he came into the game when it was kind of changing and when we weren’t collectively on the front foot. However, we were still looking for subs to come on and have an impact and he did that by getting an assist for Oliver Green’s goal.

On Andy Smith's call-up to the first-team...
It was great news for Andy. He’s still only a second-year scholar and for him to be on the bench for the first-team is great and everybody at the Academy is delighted for him. He’s worked hard, he deserves it and he’ll be hungry for more after having an initial taste for it.