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Anderson on U18s' Sheffield Wednesday Win

Anderson on U18s' Sheffield Wednesday Win

John Anderson was quick to praise his Hull City U18s side after they extended their unbeaten start to the season on home soil to four games with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.

First half goals from Will Jarvis and Harvey Carew were enough to claim the spoils for the Tigers in the Yorkshire derby clash with the Owls at Bishop Burton College.

Read Anderson's post-match assessment below…

On the victory...
It was a game where we had to dig in. Sheffield Wednesday had a lot of the ball and a lot of possession. But. again we showed real resilience, which we've done on a number of occasions this season. We had a very good shape to us and we always looked a threat on the break with the pace we've got up front. The boys worked really hard for the full 90 minutes and, in the end, just deserved the three points in my opinion.

On a resilient second half performance...
As I say, they had a lot of the ball in the second half but they’re top of the league so they’re going to be a good team and enjoy a lot of possession. We always expect Sheffield Wednesday to be a good team because they’ve got good players. We sat deep second half, that wasn’t the plan though. The plan was to get on the ball, but unfortunately they pinned us back and as I say they had a few chances, but I thought we restricted them after the break in terms of goalscoring opportunities. And we looked a bit dangerous on the break, but overall we dug in and defended well, which was very pleasing.

On the U18s' unbeaten home record...
Most teams I would imagine in any league want to win their home games and pick up whatever they can away from home. It’s pleasing to win at home and it’s pleasing to be unbeaten in our four games at Bishop Burton to-date, but we still need to improve away from home. We need to match the standards we're showing at home on the road as well because we definitely need to improve on our away performances.

I think everyone at the start of the season wants to remain unbeaten anywhere, but when things like that happen and you go so many games without losing at home, it becomes a good habit to have so the longer we can do that then the better, but like I say that is only part of it. We still need to build up that resilience and that hard to beat attitude away from home, which will obviously get us a few more points. 

On Will Jarvis and Harvey Carew...
The two of them have got pace. Harvey likes to run in behind with his pace while Will Jarvis likes the ball at his feet and is quite quick running with the ball. They’re both always a threat though, especially if you are sitting in the way we are and can attack on the counter. Their pace frightens most defences. Harvey is scoring goals now, which is great to see, and Will is one of those players who when he gets going he’s hard to stop. What we need to see from him now though is a bit more consistency. It's not just about two players though, it was a team effort. Will and Harvey got the goals, but the everybody else played their part as well.

On producing the perfect response to last week's defeat to Sheffield United...
We spoke about the Sheffield United match last week, about how things were a little bit too easy for them. We really didn’t do ourselves justice in that game. We saw an improvement against Sheffield Wednesday but there's still things that we can be better at and thing we have to work on. Half the battle was doing the basics right and that's exactly what we did on Saturday. We had to have a good shape about us and be hard to break down. It was a good response from the boys though, especially seeing as though we were playing the league leaders as well.