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Anderson On U18s' Crewe Defeat

Anderson On U18s' Crewe Defeat

Hull City U18s joint-manager John Anderson admitted Saturday's 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Crewe Alexandra was a 'tough one to take'.

Goals from the Railwaymen's Jakob Priestman, Nathan Woodthorpe and Tyreece Onyeka sealed all three points for the visitors in what was a disappointing result for the Tigers. 

Read Anderson’s view of the U18 Professional Development League defeat below…

On his assessment of the game…
It was a result that was tough to take because we conceded poor goals. I don’t think we deserved to win the game but we had some good bits of possession and played some decent stuff at times. We created a couple of chances but, off the ball, we weren't good enough and we were punished for that. For the amount of ball we had, I thought Crewe defended their defensive third very well and we maybe just lacked a little bit of quality in that final third.

On the morale of the players after defeat…
Obviously, the lads were a bit down after the game, especially after coming from behind to beat Leeds last time out. After that result, the lads were determined to try and kick on a bit so the boys were deflated afterwards. That's to be expected though as no-one likes to lose. However, we know we have quick a turnaround now for Thursday night's FA Youth Cup tie at Leeds and the lads' only focus will be on that. We won't look back and think 'what if'. We'll focus on areas where we can improve in order to get the result we want in the cup.

On the positives from the game…
We got on the ball and played some good stuff. Once again, the football we played was decent and we had some nice passages of play. That obviously means we're doing some things right but there are bits to improve on as well - particularly with our work off the ball. We also need to be harder to break down and have a better shape about us, while also being a little bit more aggressive when we press.