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Beale On U23s' Bolton Win

Beale On U23s' Bolton Win

Jon Beale was pleased with the response from his Hull City U23s' side after they bounced back from a 5-0 loss away at Leeds United to beat Bolton Wanderers 4-0 at Bishop Burton on Friday.

After a goalless first half, Lewis Ritson opened the scoring 90 seconds after the restart before further strikes from Matty Jacob, Elliot Bonds and Ahmed Salam secured what was a convincing and fully deserved win.

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

On the response from his side after losing 5-0 to Leeds last time out...
Four goals and a clean sheet was definitely a positive way to respond to our heavy defeat at Leeds in our previous game. Our performance levels at Leeds last week was nowhere near good enough and we've had that conversation as a group. The lads worked in the build-up to the Bolton game to put things right and we did that against Bolton on Friday.

I thought we played quite well in the first half. We got into good areas and created plenty of chances but we just lacked the extra little bit of quality in the final third to get ourselves a goal. We started the second half in a similar manner but managed to get that all-important first goal after just 90 seconds. It was great that we kicked on and added a second shortly after because it gave us a real foothold in the game.

But, in saying that, we lost our way for a 10-15 minute spell and the quality we needed wasn't quite there. We refocused though and imposed ourselves back on the game to take control once again. It was pleasing that we added a couple more goals towards the end to win 4-0, even though we probably could've scored a few more on top of that as well.

On the clean sheet...
It was our first clean sheet we beat Bolton away back in late September. It's been a long, long time coming. We maybe had a little bit of luck that allowed us to keep the clean sheet but it's a big plus point for us and something that we now have to look build on.

On the need to find a level of consistency in both results and performances...
You need to have a balance. You're not always going to play at the top of your game week in, week out. That's the case at all levels of the game. You can play well and lose, and then sometimes you're not at your best but can still pick up all three points. But, if the lads perform to the level and standards we demand, we will win more games than we lose.