Hull City

U23s Host Millwall

27 August 2018
Hull City Under-23s continue their Professional Development League campaign against Millwall at the East Riding FA’s Roy West Centre headquarters on Monday night (KO 7pm).

Jon Beale’s side started the new season on a positive note with a 2-0 win against Colchester United at the KCOM Stadium – Tyler Hamilton and Callum Smith with the goals – but were brought back to earth in their second fixture of the campaign when losing 8-0 away at Ipswich Town and will be aiming to put that disappointing result firmly behind them against the Lions.

Millwall, meanwhile, made the long trip up north looking for a first win of the season having slipped to 1-0 defeats in both of their opening fixtures against Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.

Admission to the Professional Development League clash is FREE for all Members, whilst ticket prices for non-Members are £3. Members can gain entry free of charge simply by bringing their cards to the ground, with parking available at the University of Hull.

Fans unable to make it down to the Roy West Centre on Monday night will be able to follow all the action via the Academy’s official Twitter account.

Last Season

Will Keane’s second-half strike helped the Under-23s claim all three points at the KCOM Stadium in the one Professional Development League fixture between the two sides in 2017/18. The only goal of the game came six minutes after the restart, with the Tigers’ front-man capitalising on some hesitant defending from the visitors before firing an unstoppable strike past Ryan Sandford.

Coach’s Thoughts

Jon Beale has praised the attitude and application shown by his young players in the build-up to Monday night’s Professional Development League clash with Millwall.

The Under-23s suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Ipswich Town in their last outing, losing 8-0 to an experienced Tractor Boys side at Portman Road. However, Beale has been pleased with the response from his side in training since the loss and now wants his players to transfer the work they have done this week into the clash with the Lions as they look to bounce back at the first time of asking.

“I can’t fault the lads this week,” he said. “They’ve been bright after what was a tough experience for them all last time out at Ipswich.

“We always say that results are not the most important factor at this level of the game and it’s all about player development.

“It’s never easy to lose any game by an eight-goal margin though and I have to complement all the players on their attitude and application – they’ve been first class.

“We’re all in this together – players and staff. It was important that we all stuck together after suffering such a heavy defeat, especially with us only being a young side, and that’s exactly what has happened.

“As I say, the lads have been terrific in the way they’ve conducted themselves since the game and with the effort they’ve put in during training.

“It shows they want to learn from the experience and be better for it, which has been very pleasing to see. The message to them now is to take that attitude into the next game.

“Everyone is looking for a positive performance against Millwall on Monday night as we aim to put the Ipswich defeat firmly behind us.

“It’s important that we produce a response at the first time of asking and I know the lads will give everything to make that happen.”

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