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ACADEMY: John Dempster's Hull City Reaction

City's youngsters secured victory against the Tigers...

8 March 2021

The Sky Blues youngsters ran riot against Hull City this past weekend, as they secured a 4-0 victory away from home against the Tigers.

A Sam Pitts-Eckersall brace and goals from George Burroughs and a Trialist secured three points for City at Bishop Burton College.

The Under-18s dominant display helped put to bed their disappointment from their last outing against Sheffield United and coach John Dempster was pleased with what he saw.

“The boys played really well to respond from a disappointing result last weekend.

“We knew it would be tough, but the boys responded well from the result last week and were good throughout the game, pressing well and looked comfortable on the ball.

“That’s how it works in football we had to dust ourselves off from last weekend and put in the hard work from Monday to Friday on the training ground.

"Chay Thompson and Matt Whitehouse were quite demanding of the players during the week on being ruthless in the final third but credit to the players because they actioned it."

It wasn’t the display the players and staff would have wanted or hoped for against Sheffield United at the weekend but, with a win over Hull earlier in the season Dempster knew his side could get the job done despite the recent struggles.

“We knew coming into this game it would be difficult. Sheffield United are a good team and beat us last weekend and Hull City then beat them in midweek. So, we knew that this game would be tough however the boys showed good character to get the win.

“I’ve been told it’s the first time we have done the double over a side in a long time, obviously after beating Hull at home earlier in the season so, to have an accolade like that is a bonus.”

There were also some individual performances that shone for Dempster in this game as Sam Pitts-Eckersall scored twice and George Burroughs proved critical in both defence and attack.

“All the boys played well, George Burroughs provided us with some key blocks on the line, Keelan Fallows made some good saves and Sam Rodber despite not getting his goal played brilliantly up top.

“To be honest the whole of the back four deserves credit and played well.

“Sam (Pitts-Eckersall) has excellent ball striking with both feet so we have been encouraging him to get forward into more advanced areas to create and score and he actually could have had a hat-trick today.”

The starting eleven has seen some changes in recent weeks but Dempster know it’s the consistency and depth in the squad that challenges the players each week.

Rodber has played more in recent weeks whilst Harrison Nee is out injured but Dempster understands his importance to the side.

“Keelan has been working hard in training and deserved his start and we will how Bell reacts to going out of the team this week.

“Sam is a selfless runner who always puts his team first and we are looking forward to Harrison Nee returning to training as he has been involved in a large percentage of the goals, we’ve scored this season.”

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