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Boyle: U18s Deserved More

Boyle: U18s Deserved More

Terry Boyle believes his Hull City Under-18s side deserved more for their efforts in Saturday's 1-0 defeat away at Bolton Wanderers.

Callum King-Holmes’ first-half goal was enough to seal the win for the hosts as the Tigers slipped to sixth successive U18 Professional Development League defeat.

Speaking after the clash at the Eddie Davies Academy, Boyle said: "Over the 90 minutes, I think we deserved something from the game.

"We were unfortunate to go in a goal down at the break, but I think we improved massively in the second half.

"We competed a lot better and played higher up the pitch. Everyone stuck to their tasks and we continually tried to play through thirds, which was pleasing. We're getting better at that as the games go on.

"From that second half performance, there are definitely things for us to take and build on going forward. We're competing a lot higher up the field, which is something the team is benefiting from, but we just need to click in the final third of the pitch now.

"We have to find that end product if we want to win games. We huffed and puffed and worked hard but just couldn't stick the ball in the back of the net.

"Unfortunately it wasn't to be but we'll go back to the drawing board this week and work hard together and getting ready for the next challenge against Nottingham Forest on Saturday."

The Tigers could have come away with a point from the trip had they been awarded a stoppage-time penalty in what was the last action of the game as Andy Smith's goalbound effort was blocked on the line, with the players' appeals for handball waved away by the referee.

"It was a real melee in the box; there was plenty of bodies around," he added. We competed for the first ball and the second and the second obviously an opportunity to strike which was Andy Smith.

"Having looked at the clip after the game, it appears as though it wasn't an intentional block with the arm, but it did hit their player on the arm which prevented it from going into the back of the net.

"It's frustrating, but it just wasn't to be. As they say in football you create your own luck so hopefully, our fortunes will change in the coming weeks. It can't just be about that though, the hard work also has to continue."