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Anderson on U18s' Win At Leeds United

Anderson on U18s' Win At Leeds United

Hull City U18s joint-manager John Anderson was delighted with the character shown by his side in Saturday's 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Leeds United on Saturday.

Early goals from Aaron Pilkington and Owen Bray seemingly put the hosts in control at Thorp Arch, but Josh Hinds made it 2-1 at the break before second-half goals from Will Jarvis and Rob Guilfoyle secured all three points for the Tigers.

Read Anderson’s view of the U18 Professional Development League win below...

On his assessment of the game...
To go to Leeds United and win 3-2 is a great result. I’m delighted for the lads. Obviously, after twenty minutes, that wasn’t the feeling I was getting after we had made a sluggish start. Full credit to the boys though. They stuck at it and got themselves back into the game and I was delighted to go away from home and pick up all three points on the back of scoring three goals.

We’ve always said Leeds play some really good stuff. They always try and play out from the back, they always have good rotation in midfield and they’re good footballers and, as we said last week against Forest, if you let teams play, they can cause numerous problems. We got caught in-between pressing and sitting off and when that happened, it was too easy for them. On the back of that, we - deservedly - found ourselves two goals down. They were by far the better team and we were struggling.

But, as I say, we showed fantastic character as a team to turn it around. We played very well in the second half and, with a bit of luck, we could've scored one or two more. Still, I think the fact that we came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 was more than enough. We knew we still had to see the game out and everyone in the camp was delighted that we managed to do to claim the three points.

On his half-time team talk...
We said that had we gone in a 2-0, the game was probably dead and buried. But, we got ourselves back into it with our first goal and finished the opening half very strongly. If anything, the break came at a bad time for us because we were on top.

What we tried to get across to the boys was that, if we started the second half on the front foot and continued to play the way we finished the first half, then there’s a good chance we’ll get ourselves back into the game and luckily enough, within five minutes of the restart we equalised. It was a great start to the second half and we really kicked on from there, which was very pleasing to see.

On the front three all scoring...
We spoke last week about Josh (Hinds), Will (Jarvis) and Rob (Guilfoyle) and that all of them have goals in them. So, to see the front three all scoring from open play, was obviously very pleasing. We talk about Josh and Will being quick in wide areas and getting the ball to them and letting them attack, like old fashioned wingers in a kind of way, and we benefited massively from that on Saturday. For the first goal, Josh got the ball at his feet and really attacked his man. He beat him for pace and then showed great composure to produce a fine finish. That was the key goal for us because it gave us a route back into the game. It gave us a little bit of a lift and I thought from there, we kind of kicked on. The boys were really positive at half-time, and the response after the break was great to see.

On the character shown by his young players...
It was brilliant to see and that's exactly what I told them all at the end of the game. We've played in fits and starts so far this season. We've had ups and downs but the lads showed on Saturday exactly what they're capable of - on and off the ball. The challenge now is to get them to show that on a consistent basis. We played some good stuff against Leeds and showed promising signs in and out of possession. But, what we need to do now, is to do it again and again in the coming weeks and months.