Hull City

Beale: Our Focus Is On Ourselves

05 February 2018
Jon Beale knows his Under-23s side must concentrate on their own game more than ever when they host in-form Bolton Wanderers at the Eon Visual Media Stadium this evening.

The Trotters make the trip to East Yorkshire on the book of an impressive run of form that has seen them go unbeaten in their last 11 games – including an impressive ten wins – which has seen them shoot to the top of the Professional Development League North table.

The Tigers go into the game looking to build on a 1-0 win away win over Birmingham City having lost five of their previous six league outings and Beale is keen to see his players end the campaign on a positive run of form – starting tonight.

“It was good to get back to winning ways away at Birmingham City last time out,” he said.

“It was a good team performance and a fully deserved three points. We were really solid defensively and I thought Robbie (McKenzie) and Adam (Curry) performed really well at the heart of the back of four.

“Along with Brandon (Fleming) and Josh (Clackstone) – and Callum (Burton) in goal – our defensive unit was solid. They were organised and looked in complete control throughout, which was pleasing to see. So to get the three points and a clean sheet was obviously very pleasing.

“If I was being picky, I would’ve liked to have seen the boys control the game a bit more than they did, but to be fair to the boys it was a very good all-round performance and something that we now have to look to build on against Bolton tonight.

“We had a difficult night away at Bolton earlier in the season when we lost 6-1, but we have to forget about that. They’re coming here very much in form, unbeaten in their last 11 games – including ten wins – which sees them sitting at the top of the table.

“But, our focus is only on ourselves. We know what we’re capable of producing and we have to go out and perform well as a team in order to get the result we want.

“The league is still tight and I’ve made no secret of the fact that I want to see the lads finish the season strongly in order to give ourselves the best possible chance of being involved in the end-of-season play-offs.”