Report: Hull City Under-23s 1 Blues Under-23s 3

It’s a great start to 2021.

Steve Spooner

A brace from the returning Jayden Reid helped Blues to all three points against Hull City in the Professional Development League on Wednesday afternoon.

Reid, who until last week had been out on loan at League Two Barrow, struck either side of the interval for the Under-23s before Miguel Fernandez added a third after Josh Hinds had pulled one back for the hosts.

Victory for Steve Spooner’s side came in their first match of the year, with the Blues Boss delighted at the outcome and performance from his side.

He said: “It’s a great start to 2021. We have told the team that we haven’t been consistent enough in 2020 and we came away from some of the non-negotiables.

“We have worked hard since Christmas and have carried it into the new year. Today, the boys worked extremely hard and we did lots in possession. But not just possession for the sake of it, but to attack in a variety of ways. - what we have been working on at the training pitch.”

The outcome, whilst of course pleasing, did not come without some irritation for Spooner and he knows the hard work continues to ensure Blues are clinical at both ends of the pitch.

He explained: “It could have been more had we taken our chances. We just need to stop giving goals away and defend with the same intent as attacking. We only had two shots to save but conceded from one - that’s disappointing.

“The negative is that we weren’t more ruthless at both ends of the pitch. They made us work hard for the goals, but I felt we gifted them their goal. From 2-0, they had their tails up and it’s a whole different proposition.”

Nonetheless, Spooner was keen not to let these issues detract from a fine away performance. And the 59-year-old finished his assessment of events on Humberside by recognising how hard work at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre is beginning to show on matchday.

He said: “We came up with ideas to benefit us and implemented them in the training programme. Hopefully, we can keep it going but there is still work to do for the players and coaches to get back to the level we know we can be.”

Blues: Brooks, Gordon (Sun 80), Bajrami, Redmond, Burke, Stirk, Campbell, Thompson-Sommers, Soldevila (Concannon 75), Reid, George (Fernandez 70).

Unused substitutes: Clayton.

Goalscorers: Reid (2) and Fernandez.