Rees: Forest Performance Wasn't Good Enough
Luke Rees believes he and his Hull City U18s team-mates paid the price for a lacklustre display in Saturday's 3-0 defeat away at Nottingham Forest.
The Tigers' inconsistent start to 2020 continued with a third defeat in seven games - a run which also includes two wins and two draws - after an Ethan Dekel-Daks brace and a Jevon Mills own goal gave the hosts all three points.
Reflecting on the U18 Professional Development League clash at The Nigel Doughty Academy, Rees said: "It was a very disappointing defeat because we were just off our game for whatever reason.
"It certainly wasn’t our work rate, that couldn't be questioned, but it was the little things like winning second balls that cost us.
"I also think we were too passive, especially in the first half, which set the tone for the game as we allowed Forest to get into a rhythm.
"Obviously, they started better than us and got the two goals in the first half, but I think we paid the price for being too passive as a team.
"John (Anderson) and Matt (Hare) told us at the break that our first half display wasn't good enough, but that we had to forget that and go again after the break as we looked to get ourselves back into the game.
"I thought we started the second half well and created a few chances, but then they got the third goal and that just killed the game off."
The young Tigers will look to return to winning ways when travelling to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, and Rees was quick to highlight the importance of coming away with all three points.
"We now need to work hard over this week. We need to get back at it and go again for the next game against Crewe Alexandra," he added.
"They’re a very good footballing team, but I think we need to sort out our pressing game.
"If we can press from the beginning and not let Crewe dictate us, I think we can leave a better mark on the game right from the start. Hopefully, that will lead to a better team performance and us getting the three points."