Report: Hull City Under-18s 0 Blues Under-18s 2

We dominated the ball possession-wise and then defended well too.

Paul Harsley

Blues Under-18s continued their impressive form as they beat Hull City on Saturday.

The win was Blues’ fourth in a row and came courtesy of a goal in each half from Kieran Wakefield at Bishop Burton College.

His first came when he latched onto a through ball and found the bottom corner with eight minutes on the clock before the forward doubled the visitor’s advantage by finishing from a tight angle early in the second-half.

And Professional Development Coach, Paul Harsley was delighted with the striker’s all-round performance on Humberside.

He said: “Kieran has done brilliantly since I’ve been here. He’s a tireless worker and works his socks off for the team. He took his goals well and I think there will be plenty more to come from him.”

The Professional Development League win means Blues have won four out of their five matches since Harsley took charge and the 42-year-old is delighted with the endeavours of his side

He said: “It is really good. My first game against Barnsley we draw 2-2 and we have won every game since. Kieran [Wakefield] epitomises the work rate of the team and all the lads give everything. All the tactical and technical bits we are implementing in training is coming off, so it’s really good.

“A lot of it is down to themselves and their application. There is a great team spirit amongst the boys, and they deserve everything they are getting.”

Victory also came with a first clean sheet since the reverse fixture in October, with Harsley full of praise for how receptive his players are to new ideas and then putting them into practice.

He said: “We did quite a bit of work defensively and that’s paid off. We dominated the ball possession-wise and then defended well too. Again, all credit to the boys.

“It is pleasing for myself to come off the training pitch and then see it carried into the game. Results can go up and down in youth football but we have settled and are getting used to each other. There’s commonality now and hopefully, that will continue.”

Blues return to action on Saturday 13 February when they travel to Barnsley.

Blues: Brooks, Dugmore, Sullivan, Foggarty (Khela 70), Noakes, Chang (captain), Patterson (Bellingham 60), Triallist (Triallist 60), Wakefield, Hall, James.

Unused substitutes: Cional Ngupissi, Connor Barratt

Goalscorer: Wakefield 8, 56.