United loanee Bernard comments on keeping Solanke quiet

Di’Shon Bernard is spending the season out on loan with Hull City in the Championship.

He made his third Tigers appearance on Saturday afternoon, in a 0-0 draw against Bournemouth.

His performance earned rave reviews from Hull fans on Twitter, as he helped keep former Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke quiet.

Bernard spoke to Hull’s website about that task, as well as his relationship with central defensive partner Jacob Greaves.

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“Bournemouth are a tough team. They’ve been in the Premier League a lot so it was a good test for us.

“He’s a striker that can drop in or also spin in behind,” Bernard said of Solanke.

“Me and Greavesy managed it well, I was talking to him throughout the game and I thought we handled him well. We complement each other really well. 

“Maybe there are a few areas I could’ve done better but that’s the game. Hopefully I can work on those areas and improve in the next game.”

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Solanke cost Bournemouth £19 million (BBC) during their Premier League days, while Hull have just come up from League 1.

That shows the step up Bernard has made, after spending last season in League 2 with Salford City.

Saturday’s performance shows he’s capable of performing at that level, and he’ll hope that can continue.

The previous week, Bernard came up against Fulham’s Alexandar Mitrovic, and there will be plenty more physical challenges against expensive strikers this season, which will be great for his development.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.