Bayram: Hard Work Was Key
Jake Bayram believes the Under-18s' hard work in training last week was key to them picking up their first point of the season against QPR on Saturday.
The defensive midfielder bagged his first goal of the season from the penalty spot to cancel out Joseph Gubbins' first half spot-kick and put the result, which ended a run of four successive league defeats, down to the way John Anderson and Terry Boyle's side prepared for the Professional Development League clash.
“It was a good week in training in the build-up to the game,” said Bayram. “We were focused, determined and worked hard and obviously it paid off by getting the point on Saturday.
"We were unlucky not to get anything away at Cardiff in our previous game but, after four straight defeats, it was good to get up and running with a good point against QPR.
"We knew it was always going to be a tough test and it proved to be that way in the opening half-hour or so. However, after that we seemed to click into gear, competed well and played some good football. We've now just got to build on it."
Reflecting on his successful spot-kick that earned the Tigers a share of the spoils, Bayram added: "I don’t think I’ve scored for about four years, so it was good to see it hit the back of the net.
"I was nervous, but I just concentrated on hitting the target. Thankfully I sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-1. It would have been nice if we could have gone and won the game but it was still a positive result."