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Beale Previews U23s' Ipswich Test

Beale Previews U23s' Ipswich Test

Jon Beale wants to see a positive response from his Hull City U23s side when they face their Ipswich Town counterparts at the Roy West Centre on Friday evening (KO 7pm).

The clash with the Tractor Boys gives the Tigers a chance to bounce back from Monday's frustrating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Watford in their Professional Development League opener, and the Academy Manager is keen for his youngsters to show that they have learnt from the disappointing experience at Vicarage Road.

Read Beale's pre-match thoughts below...

On the Watford defeat...
It was a very frustrating afternoon at Watford on Monday, even more so when you consider how well pre-season went for the lads. We put some really good team performances in our preparations for the new campaign but, for whatever reason, that just didn't come to fruition at Vicarage Road. It proved to a disappointing day for everyone involved and lessons need to be learnt from the experience. We've worked over the past few days though and we'll be working hard to try and make amends for what happened on Monday against Ipswich.

On the need to produce a positive response at the first time of asking against Ipswich...
We know we need to produce a positive response at the first time of asking - nothing else will do. Having had the conversions we've had with the lads this week and the preparations we've put in on the training pitch, only a positive performance will be satisfactory for any of us - players and staff. That has to be a given going into the game and the lads are aware of that.

On Hull City fans getting behind his team...
It's our first home game of the season and it would be really nice if we could get a decent crowd at the Roy West Centre. As always, we appreciate any support we get but it would be a good experience for the lads to play in front of a decent crowd. As I say, a response is needed by the team and the support of any Hull City fans wanting to come down and get behind the lads would be massively appreciated by myself, the players and everyone at the Academy.

On his aims for the season...
We definitely need an improvement on last season after enduring what was a frustrating campaign at U23s level. Finishing bottom of the league wasn't where we saw ourselves finishing before the campaign kicked-off last term and that is exactly the same this year. We had a young group of U23s last season and that will be the case again this term, but there are certain aspects of our game that we have to improve on - day in, day out on the training ground and on the pitch in games. No matter what the average age of the group is, we have to do things better and we will strive to do just that to make sure we enjoy a positive season.