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Anderson On U18s' Wigan Defeat

Anderson On U18s' Wigan Defeat

John Anderson has called on his Hull City U18s side to show more belief in themselves after Saturday's 3-0 defeat against top-of-the-table Wigan Athletic. 

MacKenzie O’Neill opened the scoring for the Latics, Kyle Joseph scored a brace to complete a miserable afternoon at Christopher Park for the young Tigers.

Read Anderson’s assessment of the U18 Professional Development League loss below…

On his team’s performance...
It was a fairly even start for the first 15-20 minutes or so but after that Wigan started to control the game and, as a result, we started to get a little too deep. It was frustrating that both their goals in the first half were aided by deflections. The first one is a deflection off Josh Ward and the second one has hit off the top of Matty Swift’s head after their lad has won it. But, in saying that, Wigan were the better team in the first half.

We feel a little bit aggrieved at the break due to the fact we found ourselves two goals down despite limiting their chances. That was disappointing for us, but they are a good side. They’re top of the league for a reason and we saw that in the FA Youth Cup last season. 

I think we did okay in the second half. We stopped them playing out a bit more which meant they had to go long to try and get in behind us. As I say, we improved after the break and passed the ball better without ever really looking as though we were going to get ourselves back into the game. One thing I would say is that we maybe need to have a bit more belief in ourselves when in possession of the ball.

Analysing Wigan...
We watched the video of them when they played Leeds United last week and they pinned Leeds back at Thorp Arch and they did the same to us. Their full-backs pushed on really high and they get on the ball from the two centre midfielders and they’re a very positive side and when it happens and you can’t get the ball back, you get pinned back in and when you get pinned back in, you don’t have a lot of the ball. That meant when we did have the ball we were winning it back inside our own half and finding it hard to get up the other end of the pitch.

On the injuries picked by Quinn Thompson and Jake Bayram...
Obviously when you lose someone in your starting line-up after five minutes due to injury, it's disappointing. Josh Ward came on and he’s been injured himself of late, so to get him on the field and get some minutes into him was good for his fitness levels and I thought he got better as the game went on.

Jake Bayram was playing with a slight injury anyway. He had a bit of a dead leg and I think it just got worse as the game went on, I think he got a kick on it. Quinn's is a hamstring problem, but we just need to wait to see what the physio tells us with regards to that.