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Beale on Ipswich Win, Positive Reaction, Consistency and Back Four

Beale on Ipswich Win, Positive Reaction, Consistency and Back Four

Jon Beale felt Hull City U23s were deserved winners after registering their first win of the 2019/20 Professional Development League campaign against Ipswich Town on Friday night.

First-half goals from Keane Lewis-Potter and Tyler Hamilton were enough to secure all three points at the Roy West Centre, with Tyreece Simpson pulling a goal back for the visitors after the break, as the Tigers produced a positive response to the 5-0 defeat in their season opener away at Watford earlier in the week.

Read Beale's post-match assessment below… 

On his verdict of the match…
I thought we looked really good with the ball in the first half and looked a real threat on the counter-attack. In the second half, the intensity without the ball was there and our desire to stop them playing was spot on. I thought we were a little bit unlucky with the goal we conceded. It took a deflection off the lad trying to block it and ultimately that was what took it past Charlie Andrew. I would've liked to have seen us have a little bit more possession of the ball in the second half but, compared to what we produced against Watford, it was a much, much better performance.

I said to the lads that all the work we did technically and tactically during training in the week would count for nothing if we didn't go out and show the desire to do things properly in all areas. To a man, I thought everyone involved did their jobs brilliantly. It was a great team effort and the lads deserve a lot of credit for how they responded to the heavy defeat at Watford in our opening game. I'm really pleased for the boys because their hard work, effort and commitment was what secured the win for us.

On the positive reaction from his side...
We had a sit down as a group on Thursday afternoon and a few things were said. Now what was said will stay in that group but I always think it's important that we demand more from each other. The most important thing for me was getting a positive reaction to the heavy defeat at Watford. We made it clear to the players that we wouldn't accept anything less than that and to be fair to the lads, they were first class. Their work-rate and the intensity they played at was second to none, which was key to getting a result that I thought they deserved over the course of the 90 minutes.

On the need for consistency...
We've set ourselves a standard now on the back of Friday night's performance.  It's a standard that we have to at least match going forward every week now. That's the minimum expected from us as a group and we'll be driving that into the lads every single day in training. On the back of that, hopefully, we'll produce a consistent level of performance when it comes to the games.

On the back four...
Ryan Hanson was excellent for us. Some people might think it's an easy thing to do, dropping back from midfield into the middle of the back four but I can tell you it's not. I can't praise Ryan enough for the way he handled himself in a different role to what he's accustomed to and the performance he produced. I have to take my hat off to Andy Smith - a second-year scholar - as well. He was excellent in the heart of the defence. He was vocal and organised things for us at the back and in front of him fantastically well all night. The back four - with Lucas Odunston and Jake Leake in the full-back roles - as a whole were superb and the team - to a man - were brilliant. They gave us the reaction we wanted and I can't praise them enough for that.

On 16-year-old Jake Leake's performance...
We love a left-back at the Academy, don't we? I can't fault the kid though. He's only 16-years-of-age and is playing U23s football - it's great to see. He was thrown in at the deep end at Watford but his reaction has been superb. He worked really hard in training all week and deserved the opportunity to show what he can do at this level with Matty Jacob missing through injury. It's not an easy thing to do as a first-year scholar - going straight into U23s football - so fair play to him, he was excellent.