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Anderson on U18s Watford Win, Clean Sheet and First-Year Scholars...

Anderson on U18s Watford Win, Clean Sheet and First-Year Scholars...

John Anderson was pleased to see Hull City U18s register their first league win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Watford last weekend.

After a goalless first 45 minutes at Bishop Burton College, second half goals from Luke Rees, McCauley Snelgrove and Harvey Carew secured all three points for the young Tigers.

Read Anderson's post-match assessment below…

On the team performance and win...
I was absolutely delighted with the performance. It was a tough game on paper against a side that had won all of their previous games so far this season - and had played well in each and every one of those matches. And even though we won the game, they’re a decent side, but to win 3-0 and keep a clean sheet after the last couple of away games that we’ve had, I was delighted.

We’ve conceded a lot of goals away at Charlton and Millwall in the last two games and we'd worked a lot on defensive attributes in the build-up to the game. We rode our luck at times with Watford hitting the bar and the post twice or three times in the game, but what we did show was we had a good shape to us off the ball. We had real discipline when they were in possession and, second half especially, when we won the ball back, we broke really well. 

We used our pace and got into wide areas, broke really well and scored three good goals. It was a performance where we were solid defensively, attacked with pace and took our chances, so I was really pleased for the boys. Every year we have lads come in the building, especially the first years, find it a bit of a shock and they have to adjust to coming out of school and spending two or three months full-time with us at the Academy. It takes a little bit of time to adjust, but I’m hoping that last weekend's win was maybe the start of them adjusting and starting to kick on a wee bit.

On keeping a clean sheet...
We got one against Cardiff at the start of the season, but everyone was really disappointed to concede seven goals against Charlton and a further five against Millwall. We worked a lot of one-v-one and two-v-two situations in training just to try and get back to basics in terms of defending the goal. We did that very well last weekend. Harry Fisk, who came on away at Millwall in the previous game and had a wee bit of a hard time, but he produced a number of great saves against Watford. It showed a lot of character from him today to step into the side from the off and keep a clean sheet.

On finishing with a full team of first years...
We knew Andy Smith was only playing 60-65 minutes because he was due to be involved with the U23s and Woody (Harry Wood) obviously played but got injured. But, to finish the game with a full team of first years was a real bonus. It was good to see that the boys were able to hold their own against a team that were top of the league and come out with a win.

On this weekend's trip to Bristol City...
There’s never an easy game at this level. Whether you play the northern teams or the southern teams, home or away, it’s very much every game is a tough game and we don’t expect anything different on Saturday. I think the last time we went there two or three years ago, we lost, but we were lucky enough to beat them last year, but we know that it will be another tough, tough game but hopefully we can build on the performance and result against Watford.