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Beale On U23s' Barnsley Win

Beale On U23s' Barnsley Win

Jon Beale hailed 'a great team performance' from his Hull City U23s side following Friday's 3-0 victory over Barnsley.

A Billy Chadwick brace and a further strike from James Berry saw the Tigers register a third straight Professional Development League win in South Yorkshire with a dominant display.

Read Beale's assessment of the victory below...

On his team's performance vs Barnsley...
It was a pleasing performance and result. We were the dominant team right from the off and controlled the game. Our pressing and work out-of-possession was first class. The intensity showed by our front three and midfield three to cover the ground they did and pen Barnsley in was excellent. We won so many balls in the final third of the pitch, which allowed us to build a solid platform to go on and play from. We showed good quality on the ball and scored two very good goals in the first half to lead at the break before maintaining our performance levels in the second half. Full credit must go to all the lads for what was a great team performance.

On registering a third successive Professional Development League win...
We're starting to build a little bit of momentum now. If you look at the spell where we had a dip in results, we had a lot of injuries which disrupts the flow and momentum as a team because the personnel was changing regularly.  But, it's three straight wins in the league now and four wins in our last six in all competitions, which is pleasing to see. The level the lads have been at of late has been spot on. It's just important that we maintain it going forward. We can't get carried away on the back of our recent performance levels - we just have to keep building on it.

On first-year scholars Jake Leake & McCauley Snelgrove...
I have to give a mention to the young lads who were involved on Friday. Jake Leake and McCauley Snelgrove are still only first-year scholars but they both produced excellent performances and deserve a lot of credit. Harvey Cartwright - who is still only a second-year scholar - was in goal and it was nice to see him keep a clean sheet as well. I was really pleased for all of the lads involved. I don't really want to single out one person above another because it was such an outstanding team performance - everyone involved was excellent and contributed to what was a fully deserved win.

On new loan signing Alex John...
It was nice for Alex to make his first appearance for the Club - even though we had to play him out of position! To be fair to him though, he stuck his guns and did a great job for the team by helping us to keep a clean sheet. We managed to get him into midfield late on in the game, but it was a great start for him as a Hull City player. Coming here on loan is an opportunity for Alex to come here and show that he is worthy of being in and around this environment. He's a good player with good technical ability and is good on the ball. We're delighted to have him here with us and he's delighted to be here as well. We'll just have to see how everything goes over the next few months and see what comes of it.

On the importance of maintaining of maintaining recent performance levels...
Of course. As I've said, our performance levels have been excellent of late. The lads should've taken a lot from the game against Scunthorpe in the Premier League Cup. Coming from behind twice to eventually win 3-2 shows the character that we have in the group and they continued to build on that with another strong team display in the leagues away at Barnsley. The lads have been top drawer of late and every single day in training - I can't fault their effort, commitment and application and they're reaping the rewards in games at the minute. Long may that continue!