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Huddersfield Town Under-23s 2 Blues Under-23s 3

Posted: Tue 18 Apr 2017
Author: bcfc

Beale’s youngsters back to winning ways with impressive away victory…

Goals from Ronan Hale, Dan Cleary and Koby Arthur ensured another league victory for Blues Under-23s in what was a topsy-turvy encounter in West Yorkshire. 

After going a goal to the good, Blues conceded a quick-fire double to turn the game on its head before the break. 

The interval provided some much-needed respite for Beale’s men who came out stronger in the second period. 

Dan Cleary levelled the game with a volley following a goal-mouth scramble before Koby Arthur completed the scoring with the match-winning effort. 

The Terriers included the likes of Mark Hudson, Harry Bunn, Sean Scannell and Jack Payne in their starting line-up and Beale was particularly pleased with how his side competed against a more experienced team.

"They had a few senior pros playing and we said in the changing room before the game that it would be a good gauge against them and I felt that the lads applied themselves very well.

"We had to be patient at times but it’s a really good performance from us and I feel the game was a marker for their development this season.

“To go ahead and then find yourselves 2-1 down and go on again to win the game against an experienced Huddersfield side is a testament to the player’s character. 

“We were dogged and determined throughout and what’s most pleasing is that we more than matched their work rate. 

“They had a lot of pace in their side and there was a danger of getting overran after we fell behind but credit to the players, they kept their composure, reorganised and saw it through to half-time. 

“I think it was important that we changed one or two things at the break and second half was all us. They always posed a threat on the break but we were much better. 

“They’ve developed a mental toughness over the course of the season but we know there’s still a way to go. 

“Having it in development football is one thing but in the Championship is another. They’ve showed it in abundance at this level and credit to them they’ve performed admirably again.” 

In what was impressive all-round team performance, Beale was keen to single out the contribution of Dan Cleary following another dominant display by the 21-year old defender. Having sustained an injury midway through the season, the ex-Liverpool man has returned to add a steeliness to the Blues backline in recent weeks. 

“I thought he was exceptional,” he added. “He volleyed in our equaliser but more importantly he does the basics so well. 

“He wins headers and tackles, gets in good positions, organises his team mates and he’s an uncompromising defender.” 

“It would be nice to finish the league campaign on a high with two games left.

“We had a good run before the Bolton game and the challenge to the players today was can you turn in a good performance after losing the last one. 

“Now the question is can we carry it on to the end of the season. 

“Like all of the players they will want to impress the new manager and finish the season strong.” 

Blues Under-23s: Weaver, Harding, Cleary, Baba, Mulders, O’Keeffe, Lakin (Bailey 75), McDonald ,McCoy (Kwiecien 55), Lubala (Arthur 65), Hale 

Subs not used: Jeacock, Timms,