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Anderson on U18s' Nott'm Forest Defeat

Anderson on U18s' Nott'm Forest Defeat

John Anderson admitted the better team won after watching his Hull City U18s side lose 3-0 to Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

The Tigers continued their inconsistent form since the turn of the year with a third defeat in their last seven games - also registering two wins and two draws - as Forest claimed all three points at The Nigel Doughty Academy.

Read Anderson’s assessment of the U18 Professional Development League fixture below...

On the game...
I thought the best team on the day won. We never really got going at any stage on Saturday. Forest were on the front foot from the five-to-ten minute mark and we struggled to deal with them. We were slightly better in the second half, but as I say we never really gave ourselves a chance in the game as Forest were both direct and aggressive.

Despite having a big squad with the U18s this season, we had a few lads missing due to their involvement with the U23s the night before. I don’t know whether the rest of the lads felt a bit sorry for themselves with the three lads (Jake Leake, Will Jarvis & McCauley Snelgrove) missing out. We spoke to the group before the game about the importance of stepping up and making the position their own and to make it hard for us as coaches to pick the team next week.

However, Forest started very aggressively and I think we struggled to deal with that. We’ve now got to try and improve on the way we start games. We've got to come out of the blocks quicker and impose ourselves on games. Whether it's a case of keeping the ball better or maybe turning reams round and being a little bit more direct early doors to get further up the pitch. We didn't really do that on Saturday and it's an area where we have room for improvement.

On Jevon Mills & Henry Curtis stepping up from the U16s...
Jevon came up against a good striker against Detlef Esapa-Osong but I thought he stuck to his task well throughout the game. Henry got better as the game went on and he did quite well in the second half. That’s the positives we can take out of the game. We had seven first-year scholars on the pitch and two U16s, which was definitely a plus point for us. You're always guaranteed a tough game when you play Forest at this level because they're a strong side. But, it will have been a good learning curve for the younger ones. They both got something from the game and the experience will only aid their development.

On Jake Bayram's work experience switch to Ossett United...
We’re always keen on lads, whether it's players from the U18s or U23s to go out and gain experience playing in señor football. Playing against men will only benefit them and help them to develop in all areas of their games. It's a great move for Jake to go and play for a good Ossett United team and I'm sure the experience will do him the world of good.