Goals from Greg Olley and Greg Luer put the Tigers in control at the KCOM Stadium, but they were almost made to pay for failing to take the numerous opportunities they created to extend their advantage when Morgan Crowther pulled one back for the Sky Blues five minutes from time. It ensured a nervy finale for the home side, who also had James Weir sent-off late on, but they held on to claim all three points.
Reflecting on the win, Beale said: “I thought we played fairly well first half. Although we didn’t control the game as well as we could have, we were still the better side.
“Our defensive play wasn’t as strong as I would’ve liked in the first half, but we corrected that after the break.
“We played very, very well in the second half, got the second goal and looked to be very comfortable. They weren’t really causing us any problems but then they scored late on and made it a much nervier last five minutes than it should’ve been, but thankfully we saw it out to get the win.
“The biggest frustration was that we never took our chances. Yes, we scored two good goals, but we should have scored four or five goals with the number of decent chances we created.
“The game should have been a lot more comfortable than it was. In saying that, I was pleased with the way the lads performed although there is always room for improvement and that’s what we’ll look to work on in training ahead of next week’s game against Burnley.”
Beale was also quick to thank the fans who stayed behind after the first team fixture against Sunderland to support his players.
“I have to thank the fans that stayed behind to support the lads – they were excellent from the very first minute right up until the very last,” he added.
“The backing they gave the lads was fantastic – and they even gave me a little bit of stick as well!
“In all seriousness though, it was great to see and it’s nice to see that the fans do want to stay behind and support the boys. I’m very appreciative of it, and I know the boys are as well.”