"Professional Performance" Delights Beale
Jon Beale hailed the “professional performance” that allowed his Hull City to beat Chalk Lane 3-0 on Tuesday night and book their third successive appearance in the East Riding FA Senior Cup Final.
After a goalless first half at the Roy West Centre, the Tigers finally got a reward for their dominance after the break when Tom Powell opened the scoring just before the hour mark.
The striker added two more goals in the last five minutes to put further gloss on the win and Beale was pleased to see his players’ rewarded for their display and professionalism.
"It was a really solid, professional performance," he said.
"The boys were excellent and comfortable throughout the game. Massive credit to Chalk Lane, they made it difficult for us which shows by the fact that two of the three goals came late on.
"They hung in there and defended well, put in a solid performance and made the lads work hard for the result.
"As I say, credit to Chalk Lane for that but I've got to give even more credit to our lads. We asked for a professional performance to get the job done before the game and that is exactly what they gave us.
"It was important for them to get that winning feeling back after a frustrating period of results in the league and they thoroughly deserved the victory on the back of what was a good team performance.
"We probably should have scored a few more goals. We should have had two in the first half but that doesn't take away from how pleased I was with the lads.
"We're now in our third successive final. We won it last year and we want to retain it. That's the target we set ourselves at the beginning of the season and we're now one game away from achieving that."
Beale was also quick to praise hat-trick hero Powell for his match-winning contribution.
"I was really pleased for Tom - to get a hat-trick was great for him personally," he added.
"We've done a lot of work on how we play in and around the final third of late to make sure we're getting people in the right positions and the runs the players are making are the right ones.
"He did really well last night to get himself in the positions he did to put the chances away. As I say, I'm really pleased for him and hopefully, he can kick on from this point and enjoy a decent end to the season."