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Beale Pleased With First Clean Sheet

Beale Pleased With First Clean Sheet

Jon Beale highlighted his Under-23 side’s first clean sheet of the season as the biggest positive to take from last night’s goalless draw with Burnley.

The Tigers were solid at the back against the Clarets to register their first shut out in six games this season, but could possibly have turned the draw into victory with several good chances falling their way.

Although admitting his side should have taken all three points from a game they dominated, Beale couldn’t hide his delight at the clean sheet.

“I don’t think we started the game particularly well,” said Beale.

“We didn’t control the game in the first half as well as we did in the second. We turned possession over too easy for my liking early on.

“But we grew into the first 45 minutes and in the last third of the half we found our rhythm a little bit and I think that showed with the number of chances we created.

“After the break, it was all us but we just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net, although we didn’t really cause them enough problems.

“Throughout the course of the season so far, the thing that has hindered us somewhat has been our end product in the final third - that final pass, getting a shot away or hitting the target – and that’s the biggest frustration.

“To dominate the game and not get the goal was disappointing but sometimes that happens in football. Like I said to the lads after the game though, the most pleasing thing for me was getting our first clean sheet of the season.

“At least we didn’t dominate the game only to concede a sloppy goal late on - we stayed strong defensively and got something from the game.

“Obviously I would’ve been happier with all three points, but we’ll take the point and move on.

“It stretches our unbeaten run to four games now, which is something for us to build on when we return to action in two weeks’ time.”