Beale: We Want To Achieve Something Special
Jon Beale is keen to see his Development Squad side achieve ’something special’ in tonight’s Professional Development League Play-Off Final at Hillsborough.
The young Tigers made it through to the Final with a penalty shoot-out victory over Charlton Athletic on Monday night, while Sheffield Wednesday beat Millwall 2-1 in their semi-final.
Just two points separated the two sides during the regular season, with the Owls finishing ahead of the Tigers to earn home advantage for the Final.
Beale is under no illusions about the difficulty of the task facing his side this evening, but is confident his players are up for the challenge of getting a result.
“The lads are up for it,” he said. “It’s the first time we’ve been in the Play-Off Final since becoming a Category Two Academy and the impressive thing is that it’s only our second year at this level.
“Last year we reached the Premier League Cup Final, which was a great achievement although that ultimately ended in disappointment with us losing on penalties to West Ham.
“No-one wants to experience that feeling again, but we will go to Hillsborough with confidence and belief.
“As I say, it is a first for us and, as a group, we’re excited about potentially doing something special, but we know we have to turn up on the night and work hard to achieve our goal.
“Sheffield Wednesday are a very good side. We’ve had two tough games against them already this season - winning one and losing one.
“We’re all expecting another tough test tonight but the aim is to go there and win. We don’t go anywhere with a mentality other than to win the game.
“We will go there with one thing on our minds - bringing the trophy back to Hull - and we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to make that happen.”
Beale also insists fatigue won’t be a factor for his side in tonight's clash, despite the fact that the final is being played just four days after their semi-final victory at The Valley.
“We’ve not been helped by certain aspects, but I won’t go into too much detail about that,” he added. “Unfortunately, it is what is and it was something that was out of our control.
“Yes, it’s been a quick turnaround but the lads are ready. They’re professional footballers at the end of the day and they train on a daily basis.
“We do the right things and look after them straight after and in-between games and they’ve recovered well after playing 120 minutes on Monday night.
“They’ve now got to be prepared to put another 120 minutes of effort in if necessary in order to achieve what we want to achieve.
“We’ve done all the hard work throughout the season to get where we are and now it’s all about finishing the job.”