Under-23: “We Are Looking To Learn From Every Game”
Hayden Mullins is looking for his side to quickly put into practise the harsh lessons they learned from the Leeds United game on Monday night (September 16) when they face Bristol City tomorrow (Friday September 20) at Clarence Park.
The Under-23 Lead Professional Coach saw his side overwhelmed by a Leeds side boasting England Under-21 international Eddie Nketiah, who scored twice, and a squad with more than 1,100 league appearances to their name.
The upshot was a 6-0 defeat and an abrupt end to the team's 100 per cent start to the season.
“It was a tough game,” said Mullins. “There was a big difference in experience, in pace and power and it was an eye opener for us. They fielded some very good Championship players and we just had to try and take what we could out of it.
“We had won our first three so we were going well and I couldn't say the boys didn't work hard on the night. It wasn't that they didn't try. We made a couple of silly mistakes and it was a tough ask for our boys against that side.
“It was good experience to see where we are at and where these lads need to get to. We won't come up against a team like that every week.”
Mullins will get an idea of what this new-look group are made of this afternoon when Bristol City come to St Albans. The visitors drew 0-0 with Leeds at the start of the month and have scored four goals in a game on two occasions already this season.
“We are just looking to learn from every game and for them to take on board the information we give them,” said Mullins. “We've got to learn from the Leeds game and take that into the Bristol one. That game has gone and now we move onto the next one.
“We know what Bristol do well but we want to concentrate on us and maximise what we have. It should be a good game and one that I'm sure the boys are looking forward to.”
HORNETS (v Leeds): Parkes; Balogun (C), Barrett, Spencer-Adams, Gordon; Crichlow, Wise (Lo-Everton 71), Whelan, Hungbo (Maclean 85); Hinds (Bennetts 40), Dalby. Subs not used: White, Trialist
Watford U23 v Bristol City U23, 1pm KO
Clarence Park, St Albans
Admission costs £3 and is free for Watford and St Albans City season-ticket holders.