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Beale On U23s' Burnley Defeat

Beale On U23s' Burnley Defeat

Jon Beale cut a frustrated figure after watching his Hull City U23s side slip to a 1-0 home defeat against Burnley on Monday night.

After dominating the Professional Development League clash at the Roy West Centre, the Tigers were made to pay for failing to convert their chances when Christian N'Guessan popped up with a stoppage-time winner for the Clarets following a goalmouth scramble from a corner.

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

On the game...
It was a frustrating and disappointing night because - for 90 minutes - our application and application was excellent. Obviously, the pitch didn't lend itself to the way we would normally want to play but I thought we played some really good football at times and created several great chances. On another night, we probably score three of our goals and win the game comfortably. So in that sense I'm frustrated and disappointed for the lads because of the effort they put in but, unfortunately, that's football for you. If you don't take your chances, you can get punished and that's what happened to us on Monday night. The biggest frustration is the fact that the goal has come from a set-piece right at the death. 

On the positives from the performance...
The lads always give us 100% effort and commitment - that will always be the case - but the fact that we dominated the game from start to finish with a really good overall team performance was the biggest positive. We played good football and created numerous chances. Keane went through in the first half and had a good chance but the pitch didn't help and he had to manipulate the ball to try and get his shot off due to the bounce. He had another good couple of chances after the break as well and also had a goal disallowed, while Tyler had a good chance and Elliot saw a shot from the edge of the box well-saved.

We knew they were going to playing with a 4-4-2, which meant that thee were definitely going to be areas of the pitch that we could get overloads and really get at them. I thought we did that very well last night and, as I say, played some good football but just didn't have that cutting edge that we needed in the final third. We have to be more clinical and a bit more ruthless in front of goal in order to make sure we get the results we deserve.

On switching the formation...
The players coped with it really well. Listen, everyone understands the situation. The set-up was changed to accommodate the players who were involved and to make sure they got what they needed from the game. That was the main reason for the formation we went with. The senior lads that came down and played were once again a credit to themselves and the Club. They were comfortable in what we did and everyone contributed to what was a good team performance despite the end result.

On the younger players benefiting from playing alongside experienced professionals...
The younger ones involved will have benefited massively from the experience of playing alongside senior professionals. For the likes of Jordan (Hickey), Callum (Jones) and Elliot (Bonds) to play in front of Ryan Tafazolli, Matthew Pennington and Stephen Kingsley was really important. Their experience and know-how can only help and aid the younger players' development.