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Under-21s cruise to Premier League Cup win over Hull City

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Shannon Ruth's team defeated the Tigers 5-0 on Sunday.

By Richie Mills • 13 November 2023

By Simon Roe
Josh Duffus netted twice against Hull City.

Under-21 boss Shannon Ruth was thrilled with his side's winning mentality after thumping ten-man Hull City 5-0 in the Premier League Cup to cap off a busy run of fixtures. 

After losing 3-1 to Swansea City last time out in this competition, Albion blew the Tigers away thanks to five goals in the space of 27 minutes on Sunday at Dransfield Stadium. 

Following goalkeeper Thimothée Lo-Tutala's early red card for a foul on Joshua Duffus, the 18-year-old opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, before Luca Barrington and Samy Chouchane put the visitors in control.

Duffus bagged his second before Jamie Mullins got on the scoresheet just after half time to secure Ruth's side their biggest win of the season - something he was delighted about following their third match in just over a week.

By Graham Hunt
Shannon Ruth's team have four points from their three games so far in the Premier League Cup.

"I am really pleased with the result but more importantly I am delighted with the lads' approach and attitude towards the game," he said. 

"We learned from the Swansea game where we weren't quite at the races. Whereas today, the third game in under ten days, the players' approach was excellent; they went about their work very professionally, played in the style we wanted, and scored five really good goals.

"We want to keep moving forward and develop our players and our performances. I said before the game this is about showing our mentality. 

"We had a positive result against Aston Villa (in Premier League 2) and Forest Green Rovers (in the EFL Trophy), but the question was could we come away to Hull [City] on a slightly difficult surface and deliver another professional performance?

By Paul Hazlewood
Jamie Mullins grabbed Albion's fifth just after the restart.

"We got the positive result we needed to give us a chance of getting out of the group, so there was a bit of pressure on the players to get a result because of that. I was pleased with all aspects of our game."

The result means Albion sit second in Group A after three matches, but that could change after second-placed Villa and Swansea City, who top the pile, play each other on Monday. 

"We want to compete in every competition we are in and we are ambitious to try and win one of them. Our job as under-21 staff is to prepare the players the best way we can for the next part of their journey," added Ruth.

"That includes learning how to win, how to compete, learning to play a lot of fixtures in a short period of time - they are all things that help the players develop in those areas.

"We said before the game this is an important competition and it's not one we just use to play players that aren't playing as often, we want to go and win."