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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Hull City Reaction

The Under-23s slipped to a frustrating defeat...

9 February 2021

After a dominant display against Hull City at the Alan Higgs Centre, the Sky Blues slipped to defeat to the Tigers earlier this week.

City’s Under-23s controlled the possession in the game, but were unable to create any clear-cut opportunities, something coach Luke Tisdale expressed his frustration over.

“It was very frustrating.

“I don’t think we did enough without the ball to really lock in our attacks and sustain some forward momentum in the game.

“Having said that, we have probably had more penalty area entries and more final third entries then any other game this season, so to not really work the goalkeeper or create any clear-cut chances is very disappointing.”

The game was 50/50 whether it was going to go ahead due to the snowfall in the area, which was starting to settle on the pitch.

However, the grounds staff at the Higgs worked hard to ensure the fixture went ahead, but it was the visitors who seemed to adjust to the conditions better than the Sky Blues.

“I don’t think we played to the conditions as well as Hull City did, we wanted an extra touch or an extra pass and we were trying to be to intricate and delicate, and sometimes someone needs to just take the game by the scruff of the neck and just hit one or follow in a rebound.

“We hit the post twice, we hit the crossbar one, but we haven’t landed on any of the rebounds or seconds and I think we just over complicated things when we didn’t need to.

“Considering the players we had on the pitch it’s a game we should’ve been winning.

“We didn’t give away any big chances really, apart from the goal they scored, so we sustained more than enough pressure to get three points let alone one.”

The Sky Blues found themselves caught on the counter-attack, as Hull turned over a City corner and head up the other end of the pitch and find the back of the net.

A goal which ultimately could’ve been avoided ended up being the mistake that led to the points being snatched away from Tisdale’s side.

“We said at half time it will be a mistake that decides the game and we had to apply the pressure on them to force them into a mistake and we didn’t do that well enough and they did it to us and they score the winner off the back of it.

“I didn’t think at any point in the game we were going to lose the game, but if you make individual errors you’re going to get punished for it and that’s the story of the game.”

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