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Beale Pleased With Return To Winning Ways

Beale Pleased With Return To Winning Ways

Jon Beale was pleased to see his Under-23 side end a frustrating run of defeats with Monday night's 5-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra.

The Tigers had slipped to four successive defeats in their final games of 2017, but started the New Year in impressive fashion as a Greg Luer hat-trick, along with further goals from Ben Hinchliffe and Will Keane, brought a much-needed return to winning ways.

"It was a good win for the lads and one that we needed," said Beale.

"We'd lost our last four competitive games in 2017 and we needed to produce a response.

"We had a good intensity about us and a bit of purpose - both in and out of possession, which is what we'd talked about before the game.

"It's all well and good us playing our football, but for us to allow ourselves to do that and win games, we have to stop the opposition playing their football.

"I think we did that very well against Crewe and got our rewards with what was a very pleasing performance and result.

"We didn't let them settle or let them get into any sort of rhythm whatsoever. We managed their momentum when they did have little spells and all-in-all dictated the game very well.

"For the majority of the 90 minutes, we were the stronger team. We were the more aggressive team in possession and the team that that looked like it was going to score goals, which ultimately we did."

Beale also reserved special praise for his side's much-improved defensive display against the Railwaymen.

"One thing we didn't do well enough during our previous four games was defending our own goal and that was something we improved dramatically against Crewe," he added.

"We defended very well for the majority of the game and limited them to very few chances.

"I was pleased with our performance in all areas of the pitch. We had good possession, we were good with and without the ball and - importantly - were clinical in front of goal, but the biggest plus for me was the way we defended and we now have to look to build on that in the coming games."

"It was a good win for the lads and one that we needed."