Margetts double fires Tigers to revenge win
STEPHEN Clemence was full of praise for his Hull City reserve side as they romped to an entertaining 4-2 victory at Chesterfield yesterday afternoon.
The youthful Tigers were outstanding in the opening quarter of the fixture and raced into an unassailable first-half lead through goals from Liam Cooper, Jonathan Margetts and Conor Townsend.
Although City were guilty of taking their foot off the gas either side of the break, a second for Margetts sealed a richly-deserved win at the Proact Stadium.
"The way we started the game in the first 20 minutes and to shoot into a 3-0 lead was fantastic," said reserve-team boss Clemence.
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"It wasn't lucky the way we went into the lead either, we played some really good football.
"We're trying to play the right way. If I encourage them to go long and kick it over midfield then we're not going to improve them as players.
"I really enjoyed watching us play and although we got sloppy at times, I thought we were very pleasing."
City's win was thanks in large to a clinical brace from Margetts.
The 19-year-old striker, who signed his first professional contract over the summer, continued his excellent form when racking up his fifth and sixth goals of the reserves' campaign.
Clemence added: "He's got himself another couple and I'm pleased because his attitude every day in training is second to none.
"He's reaping the benefits of that. He knows he's deficient in certain areas and he knows he's got to improve to make the breakthrough, but the important thing is that he's trying his best to get there."
City set the platform for victory with a first-half performance that carried the attacking hallmarks synonymous with much of Steve Bruce's reign.
Three goals inside the opening 20 minutes, a tally that ought to have been greater, saw the Tigers demolish their shell-shocked hosts.
Just five minutes were needed for City to fire the opening goal. Crafted and converted by the only two players with a first-team appearance for the club, Jamie Devitt's right-wing corner was met by captain Cooper's thumping header.
Danny Emerton came close to doubling the lead soon after when smashing Fran McCaffrey's pull-back against the bar, but the Tigers would not be denied full control of the fixture thanks to a breath-taking spell.
Margetts' cool finish put the finishing touch on a superb through-ball from Townsend to stretch his goalscoring streak to four consecutive games. McCaffrey should have joined the party when latching on to Devitt's pass only for Tommy Lee to block, but City's wait for a third was short-lived.
Classy interplay between Devitt and Emerton tore open the Chesterfield defence and allowed Townsend, up from a previous corner, to convert the squared ball.
City's brilliance inevitably faded as the first-half wore on.
Jonathan Wafula spurned two identical headed chances for the home side, before the quick feet and right-foot finish from Scott Boden earned Chesterfield a response minutes before the break. Chris Waddle, in attendance to watch son Jack on the left wing for the home side, would have been proud to call the consolation goal his own.
The second half brought more enterprising play from the Tigers and only solid saves from substitute goalkeeper Cameron Mason denied Margetts and Sam Topliss.
City eventually restored their three-goal advantage midway through the second period.
Just as it had an hour before, Devitt's corner to the head of Cooper delivered a goal once the finishing touch had been made by Margetts inside the six-yard box.
Jacob Hazel replied almost immediately with a low finish past the largely untested Eldin Jakupovic, but the afternoon undeniably belonged to City and Margetts.