Beale Wants Positive Response
Jon Beale has urged his Under-23 side to bounce back from Monday night's disappointing defeat to Nottingham Forest when they host Leeds United at the KCOM Stadium this evening.
The Tigers slipped to a 3-0 loss at Alfreton Town's Impact Arena against Forest, a result which left them in sixth place in the Professional Development League North Table with six games remaining in the campaign, and Beale is keen to see his youngsters produce an immediate response in tonight's Yorkshire Derby clash.
"Our focus is on bouncing back in positive fashion against Leeds United at the KCOM Stadium," he said.
"We suffered a disappointing defeat away at Nottingham Forest on Monday night, but that's gone and in the past now. We have to dust ourselves down and bounce back.
"We'll look to put a few things right from the performance and we've got a great opportunity to do so - in a Yorkshire Derby at the KCOM."
Beale is also hoping a decent crowd will stay behind to support his side in action at the KCOM following the first team's Sky Bet Championship encounter with Norwich City.
"It would be great if a decent amount of fans could stay behind after the first team game against Norwich to support the lads," he added.
"It's great that our young players get the experience to play at the KCOM. We firmly believe that the first time our young players walk onto the pitch at the Stadium shouldn't be when they make their first team debut.
“We’re big advocates of giving our players the chance to experience playing at our first-team stadium.
"They need to have that exposure to it earlier on in their careers and it's great that the Club is willing to let them have that by playing Under-23 games at the KCOM.
"But, at the end of the day, it's also a game of football that we want to go out and win to keep alive our hopes of qualifying for the play-offs.
"We know we need to produce a response and we'll be looking to come away with a positive performance and positive result."
The Under-23 fixture is scheduled to kick-off at 5.15pm - around 15-20 minutes after the completion of the first team's Sky Bet Championship clash with Norwich City - with admission to the KCOM for the Professional Development League match free of charge for all fans.
Fans wishing to stay behind to support Beale’s youngsters having already attended the first-team fixture simply have to stay in their seats after the full-time whistle. Any supporters who are not attending the Norwich game but wish to watch the Development Squad match will be able to enter the Stadium via Gates 12-16 in the South West corner, which will open around 5pm.