Consistency Is Key For U23s
Richard Naylor and Josh Thacker want the Under-23s to find a level of consistency with their performances going forward, starting with tonight's Premier League Cup trip to Wolves.
Three wins, two draws and three defeats in their eight Professional Development League fixtures to-date have highlighted the struggle the Tigers' Development Squad have had to produce consistent performances and results in the opening two months of the 2018/19 campaign - something which Naylor is keen to see Jon Beale's youngsters correct.
"We've had some really good performances and some not-so-good performances this season," said Naylor. "It's all about finding that consistency.
"When you're working with young players, that's one of the hardest things to get - that consistency in your performances week in, week out.
"We've had some good performances this season - with the wins against Watford and Burnley as the ones that stand out - but we've also not matched those levels in other games, which can be frustrating for everyone involved.
"It shows what we can do as a team and what we're capable of, but we've got to look to do it a consistent basis as we look to put a decent run of results together. Now, it's all about producing it week after week after week - that's the challenge for the lads going forward."
Centre-Back Thacker - who has been a regular fixture for the Under-23s' so far this season - echoed Naylor's thoughts, adding: "We haven't been consistent enough this season whatsoever. We've been up and down in terms of our overall performances.
"We've conceded too many goals for my liking, especially as a centre-back, and only kept a couple of clean sheets, which are two areas that we have to be looking to improve.
"We must be consistent, we cannot have one good performance, then one bad performance - we have to be consistent game after game, performance after performance. We need to be at it every game.
"It's all about putting together a decent run of results and finding that level of consistency needed to win games of football."