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Anderson on U18s' Birmingham City Win

Anderson on U18s' Birmingham City Win

John Anderson was pleased with Hull City U18s side's clinicalness in front of goal after they registered their first away points of the season with a 3-0 victory over Birmingham City at the weekend.

First half strikes from Quinn Thompson and Jake Leake gave the Tigers a two-goal lead at the break before substitute Josh Hinds completed the scoring seven minutes from time.

Read Anderson's post-match assessment of the win below...

On picking up a first away win of the season...
I mentioned last week about having a winning mentality on the road, so it was nice to go away from home and keep a clean sheet. To score three goals on top of that as well was very pleasing from a team perspective. I thought the boys played really well.

Richard Naylor said to the boys before the match that when you come away from home, you have to stay in the game for as long as you can. For the first twenty minutes or so, you expect the home team to be on the front foot, but I thought we played very well as a team in the opening 20-25 minutes. We actually enjoyed quite a bit of possession and kept the ball well before deservedly taking the lead. However, after that, we went in our shell a little bit and they came back into the game.

But, it was pleasing that when our chances came, we were clinical and took them. That was hugely important in us securing the win and, although we had a little bit of luck on our side at times, it was great to keep the clean sheet as well as picking up the win. Credit to David Robson as well because he pulled off an unbelievable save late on - just as he did against Sheffield Wednesday last week. He's been fantastic this season.

On both full-backs getting on the scoresheet...
I wasn't expecting that at all! Quinn’s was a reward for taking a chance when we were high up the pitch. Unfortunately for their lad he’s made a mistake and Quinn’s managed to pounce on it and produce a great finish to open the scoring. With Jake's goal, one thing we've been talking to the majority of players about attacking the ball and heading it, which seems to be somewhat of a dying art these days. He got up really well from a corner and produced a really good header. To see them both score was unexpected - but very welcome.

On Rob Guilfoyle and Josh Hinds' return from injury...
It was great to see them both back out on the pitch. We knew they were only going to be on for half an hour or so, but the fact that they got on was a big bonus. Rob did well when he came on. He held the ball up well for us a couple of occasions and brought us into play. It was great for Josh as well because he’s been out for a number of weeks. For him to come back and get a goal in his first appearance of the season was so pleasing. It was an important goal for us as well because it made 3-0 and killed the game off. Hopefully both of them can now get more minutes under their belts in the coming weeks and really kick on.