Rotherham United’s Academy shared the spoils with Premier League opposition as they drew 0-0 with Hull City at Bishop Burton College.
The Millers were unfortunate not to record all three points against the Tigers after turning in a performance worthy of victory away from home.
Academy Manager Garreth Barker was pleased with his side’s showing against tough opposition, with previous meetings with Hull proving tricky:
“We’ve had a couple of results in the past that have gone against us because obviously they’re a Premier League club with a huge catchment area and fantastic resources,” he explained.
“It was a very good game and although I’ve not got the stats in front of me, I think it’s safe to say that we dominated the game on percentage of possession.
“The boys were excellent with their ball retention on a day where we’d worked on something a bit different for them tactically.”
Jerry Yates tried his luck from long range early on, before Jake Fenton and Adam Johnson went close for the visitors.
Yates proved a thorn in Hull City’s side throughout the match and was denied by a couple of smart saves from the hosts’ stopper before guiding a lob just wide.
The best chance of the game came right at the death when Brandon Potts found himself in on goal, only to be thwarted by a good save from the goalkeeper. However, Barker was pleased with his young side’s defensive efforts despite them not finding the net:
“We just didn’t take the chances that presented themselves. One of our first year scholars, Brandon Potts had a good chance but he’s just put it into the ‘keeper.
“In terms of the performance we’re really happy with them. We went there with a plan and sometimes with the scholars it’s not about just winning the game. We’ve tried some new things and a different shape that would limit the opposition and we did that successfully."