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Beale on Palace Win, 23-Pass Team Goal and Current Crop Of U23s

Beale on Palace Win, 23-Pass Team Goal and Current Crop Of U23s

Jon Beale was quick to express his delight at the performance of his Hull City U23 side in their 3-1 win away at Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

Two Ahmed Salam goals in as many minutes put the Tigers' ahead before Malachi Boating pulled one back for the hosts moments before the break. The Tigers regained their two-goal lead midway through the second half following a superb passing move which was finished off by Alhagi Sisay to secure a second successive Professional Development League win.

Read Beale's post-match assessment on the win below...

On the team performance against Crystal Palace...
The lads were fantastic for the full 90 minutes. Palace is always a difficult place to go and we produced another excellent performance to build on how we played against Ipswich the previous week. If anything, it was probably a step up from that display. There were certain things in the Ipswich game that we looked back on and felt as though we could improve on. And to be fair to the lads, they added that to their game and performance at Palace - we were excellent in all areas of the pitch in what was really difficult conditions with the heat. It really was an excellent team performance from everyone involved - even the lads that came off the bench.

On the team's 23-pass move that led to the third goal...
It was some goal! All three of goals in the game were good, but the third one was particularly pleasing. There aren't many teams that can put together a 23-passing sequence together and finish it off with a goal - at any level of the game! If Barcelona or Manchester City scored that goal, everyone would be raving about it and it would be played repeatedly on social media and Sky Sports News. The lads deserve so much credit for it because it was all them. They've taken on board what we've said to them and worked on with them. It was the quality and simplicity of what they did that made it look as good as it did. You just have to take your hats off the lads and say a huge well done!

On bouncing back from a heavy defeat to Watford in the U23s' opening game with back-to-back wins...
We've had a great reaction from the lads - full credit to them. We held a little mini inquest after the Watford defeat and performance because it wasn't something we expected to happen whatsoever. What was said in that meeting stays private between the staff and the players but since that day, everything has improved. The tempo at which they're training and the quality they're producing in the session is first class, and it's great to see them taking that into games. Yes, we're only three games in and there's still a lot of football left to play, but we've set a standard that we have to match week in, week out now. That's the bare minimum that myself and the staff expect now and the players should expect that themselves as well. The boys have been spot on though and long may it continue.

On the break from Professional Development League action...
We've not got a league game next week but we've got a friendly away at Manchester United lined up, which will be a good test for us. After that, we'll get back to our Professional Development League campaign away at Coventry City on Monday 9th September. We'll prepare for that as we have done the last two games and we'll be doing everything we can to maintain the levels we've shown of late. The work-rate and desire we've shown in our last two games is something that always has to be there going forward.

On the current group of U23s...
It is still a fairly young group, but we've added to it well over the summer with the additions of Elliot (Bonds), Callum (Jones), Ryan (Hanson), Danny (Lupano) and Lucas (Odunston). They've all come in and added something to the group, which has been great to see. Matty Jaco has stepped up permanently to the U23s having signed his first professional deal in the summer.

We've still got the likes of Keane (Lewis-Potter), Tyler (Hamilton) and Billy (Chadwick) - influential players who were with us last year and will have only benefitted from the experiences of the previous campaign. It's great to have Charlie Andrew back with us as well. He provides great experience to the U23s having played senior football at non-league level in the past few seasons.

I have to give a special mention to Andy Smith as well, who is still only a second-year scholar. He's come in for the last two games and taken to Development Squad football like a duck to water. We do need to manage him properly because there will be a spell where he finds it difficult but we'll do that and make sure we look after him. I'm really, really pleased with the whole group at the minute. They've been top drawer and, as I say, long may out continue.

On Elliot Bonds...
He's settled in really well. He's another young player as he's only a second-year professional but he's another to provide great experience to the group. He's a full Guyana international and played in the Gold Cup in the summer at such a young age, which is mad when you think about. As I say, he brings a wealth of experience and a bit of calmness to the team, which is good. He's a leader within the group and another one who will demand the team meets the standards required.