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Anderson Pleased With Performance Despite Defeat

Anderson Pleased With Performance Despite Defeat

John Anderson was pleased with his young players' efforts despite seeing his Hull City Under-18s side go down a 3-1 defeat away at league leaders Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.

Rob Guilfoyle’s header wasn’t enough to prevent the Tigers from defeat, as Connor Grant's penalty and a brace from Elliot Vasalo secured all three points for the Owls at Wednesday's Middlewood Training Ground.

Speaking after the U18 Professional Development League clash, Anderson revealed he was happy with his side's overall performance but accepted improvements still need to be made.

"I thought we played well in the game, second half especially," he said. "We were pretty much in control of the game.

"We created a few chances, passed the ball well - the boys got on it and looked to create, but unfortunately, same as last week at Crewe, we gave away three sloppy goals again which were preventable and we gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

"It’s becoming a habit and I’ve said to the boys that it’s not good enough. We have to stop giving ourselves a mountain to climb almost every week.

"It's pleasing that we’re producing a great response once going behind, but ultimately we’re giving ourselves far too much to do.

"The goals we give away - we don’t make opposing teams work hard enough for the goals.

"We give away sloppy goals by being individual mistakes or team mistakes and it’s definitely something that we need to rectify.

"We want the lads to go and play and start games the way they finish them, but there seems to be a mental block at the minute in terms of starting games, which is something we need to improve on."