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Beale On U23s' Newcastle Premier League Cup Defeat

Beale On U23s' Newcastle Premier League Cup Defeat

Jon Beale insists his young side will learn from Friday night's 1-0 defeat in their Premier League Cup Group C opener against Newcastle United.

Luke Charman's 83rd-minute penalty saw the Tigers slip to a first home defeat of the season in all competitions at the Roy West Centre, with the Category One visitors seeing off a late attacking surge from Tigers to claim maximum points.

Read Beale's post-match assessment below...

On the defeat...
It was a little bit frustrating. In the first half - out of possession - I thought we were excellent. Our work-rate was spot on and the intensity of our press was really good. We stopped them playing and didn't allow them to play through us. The one thing that was slightly disappointing was the fact that we lacked a bit of quality on the ball. We turned the ball back over too quickly and didn't allow ourselves to settle.

Unfortunately, we lost all of our intensity in the second half. We started off well enough in the opening five or ten minutes but then couldn't maintain our levels. That's something we need to learn from. If we're going to work so hard to get the ball back, we've got to have a spell with the ball and maintain possession. It's important to we realise that we don't have to make things happen instantly. Sometimes we have to try and keep the ball alive in order to make the opposition work a little bit harder.

It was frustrating to come away with nothing to show for our efforts because it had nil-nil written all over it. But, we'll go away and learn from it. We know what we have to do to be a bit better. I can't fault the lads though. On another night, we'd have come away with something to show for our efforts. I was pleased with the effort and endeavour the lads put in.

On the lack of chances created by his side...
We didn't create enough for my liking and that comes from us not being as clinical on the ball as I would've liked. We got into a number of good positions but the final ball - whether it be a cross, pass or shot - it just wasn't there on the night for whatever reason. Newcastle worked hard defensively in fairness to them and you have to take your hat off to them for that. Unfortunately, we made poor decisions in the moments that we needed to make the right decision. The boys have been excellent in previous games but it is something we need to look at and an area we have to keep trying to improve.

On the penalty decision...
I've got no complaints about the penalty whatsoever. Matty was gutted about it after the game. Look, he's made a mistake and it was never his intention to make contact, but he did and he fouled him. It came on the back of some poor decisions by us. I can't argue about the penalty whatsoever and, again, we have to learn from it.

On the Premier League Cup...
Look, it's one defeat. There's no panic whatsoever with five group games still to play. A lot can happen in those next five games. We'll just take each game as it comes and our only focus now is on our return to the league campaign when we host Sheffield Wednesday at the KCOM Stadium on Sunday.