Beale: We Showed Quality
Jon Beale was full of praise for his side's performance after watching the Under-23s end high-flying Bolton Wanderers' 11-game unbeaten run on Monday night.
Goals from Greg Olley, Will Annan and Tom Powell saw the Tigers claim all three points with a 3-0 victory and secure back-to-back Professional Development League wins for the first time since mid-October, much to the delight of the Tigers' Academy Manager.
"Full credit to the lads, it was a really good performance and a really good result," he said.
"The boys did the stuff out of possession that we asked of them. We were aggressive, we competed really well and - importantly - we had that quality you need when in possession of the ball to go on and win games of football. I was really pleased with the whole performance for the full 90 minutes.
"I know Bolton went down to ten men following the red card in the first half but I don't want to focus too much on that. Yes, them losing a man gave us a little bit more time on the ball and more space across the pitch, but we were in control of the game when it was eleven against eleven.
"People often say it's harder to play against ten men but we handled the situation fantastically well and continued to play to a high level. We moved the ball really well, got people in good positions in all areas of the pitch to stretch them and were really expansive with our play which made it even more difficult for them, especially in the second half.
"As I say, I was really, really pleased with how we went about our business for the full duration. We maintained our composure throughout and controlled the game from start to finish.
"Bolton are a good side and come to us as league leaders following an impressive run of form that saw them go eleven games unbeaten, winning ten.
"So, to perform in the manner we did against a side in that form was very pleasing. Obviously, we were aware of their threats, but we were firmly focused on ourselves and what we had to do. We've set ourselves a standard now and the boys are determined to maintain it going forward."
Monday night's game kicked off a busy week of action for Beale's side, with the Tigers in action at the Eon Visual Media Stadium against Brighton & Hove Albion in their penultimate Premier League Cup Group Stage clash before hosting Sheffield United in the league next Monday evening, and the Welshman is eager to see his kick on.
"Hopefully we can build on it now," he added. "We've got another two home games coming up in the next seven days - Brighton in the Premier League Cup on Friday and then Sheffield United in the league next Monday.
"We want to build on our recent impressive performances and push on - in both competitions. I've made no secret of the fact that I want us to push for the play-offs in the league. We're in the mix for that but we know we have to maintain our performance levels.
"Yes, we've got a few points to make up but if we can string together a positive run of results, it will put us right back in the mix. It's back-to-back wins in the league now, and we have to look to build on that."