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Bristol City Performance Pleases Beale

Bristol City Performance Pleases Beale

Jon Beale was pleased with his Under-23 side's performance and the way they controlled the game in Monday afternoon's Professional Development League victory over Bristol City.

Liam Edwards and Tom Powell were on the scoresheet as the Tigers claimed all three points at the Eon Visual Media Stadium and although George Nurse pulled a goal back for the visitors 15 minutes from time, Beale's side held on to claim what was a fully deserved win.

Speaking after the game, the Tigers' Academy Manager said: "It was a good win and a good all-round team performance. Full credit to the lads because we had a young side out with four Under-18s in the starting line-up.

"We got to grips with them in possession quite early on and we were really difficult to break down.

"I would've liked us to have been a little bit better with the ball, but the condition of the pitch made it very difficult for the players.

"It didn't really suit the way we want to play or allow us to control possession as we would've liked. Despite that, we still created a number of chances and on another day we could've scored four or five goals.

"It was disappointing to concede when we did and it made the last 15 minutes a little bit more nervy then they should've been, but, thankfully, we weathered the storm well.

"We defended really well and I don't remember them creating another clear-cut chance after getting their goal.

"Summing it up though, it was a pleasing performance and I was very happy with the shift the lads put in."

Beale also had words of praise for Will Mannion, whose second-half penalty save to deny Cameron Allen from 12 yards when the scoreline was at 2-0 proved decisive.

"It was a great save from Will," he added. "In fairness to him, he saved one of the three we conceded against Brighton in the Premier League recently so he's got form for saving penalties.

"I actually thought the penalty was harsh, really harsh, so to see Will keep out the spot-kick was a little bit of justice for me."