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Hyde: The lads have shown great maturity all season

UNDER-18s manager Micah Hyde says that despite the disappointment of losing in the FA Youth Cup, his side must use the experience from the occasion to help aid their career development.

Rangers suffered a 2-0 defeat to AFC Bournemouth last night (Wednesday), with strikes from Daniel Adu-Adjei and Noa Boutin enough to send the Cherries through to the fifth round of the famous youth tournament.

But despite the result, the R’s boss was quick to highlight how pleased he was with his side's attitude at the Vitality Stadium.

“The lads have done themselves proud," Hyde told www.qpr.co.uk. “For me I am pleased with lots of elements of our game, everything the lads did, their fitness levels, their game understanding - everything we are trying to do was very pleasing.

"I thought it was a close game, I thought we had large parts of the game, but we didn’t hurt them in the final thirds enough and that ultimately made the difference.

“We didn’t have enough shots especially in the first half, and the first goal in the first minute puts us straight on the back foot. But I thought we responded tremendously well, we got hold of the ball, passed it well but just didn’t create enough in the final third.

“In the second half we had a lot of the ball again, we tried to go more attacking and force the issue, but the second goal put us on the back foot. Overall, though, I was pleased with the players.

“If I was being critical, I would have wanted more quality in certain areas of the pitch, but I thought they did well, they showed a good attitude and to go down that early on and come back in the manner they did was good to see.

“Playing well doesn’t necessarily win you games, putting the ball in the back of the net does, the lads are hurting in the dressing room but for their development it was a good experience.

“They showed a good understanding of what we are trying to do, it’s just disappointing we didn’t get the result we wanted. Bournemouth did well, they managed the game well and you have take your hat off to them.”

Rangers were behind inside the opening minute when Adu-Adjei slotted home for the Cherries, but Hyde was also keen to explain the maturity which was on show from his young side.

He added: “The lads have showed great maturity all season, they have grown, and their development has been outstanding.

“I wasn’t worried when we did concede early, I always felt we could get back into the game and with our possession we felt we could have nicked a goal and that would have changed the tie - we couldn’t but a huge amount of credit has to go to the lads for their attitude.

“The way we play you must be fit, we play a possession game, we want the ball, so you must be fit and it’s a testament that they are showing that level of fitness.”

Speaking about the tournament as a whole, the former Jamaica international knows how important it is for players' development as winners.

He added: “This tournament is a hugely beneficial experience for the lads.

"Our philosophy is slightly different to most - it isn’t just about winning the game, it’s about creating winners. But in this knockout tournament the preparation is simply about winning and the next stage of the development block for the lads is to play for a manager that is about results and winning.

"This experience galvanised them and they deserve to be respected for the performance and effort that they put in.”

We didn’t hurt them in the final thirds enough and that ultimately made the difference.

Micah Hyde
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