Hull City

Batty Enjoying Henriksen Partnership

06 December 2018
Dan Batty has revealed he is enjoying his central midfield partnership with Markus Henriksen and is happy to continue his first-team education under the watchful eye of the Tigers’ skipper.

The soon-to-be 21-year-old has partnered the former Rosenborg and AZ Alkmaar man in 11 of his 15 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

And Batty is thrilled to have a 45-capped Norwegian international and former Premier League player alongside him to learn from.

“Markus has been brilliant with me,” he said. “I’ve learnt an awful lot from him and he’s played a big part in my development this season.

“To have the opportunity to play alongside and learn from an international quality midfielder of his calibre has been great. He’s been a fantastic role model for me.

“On the pitch, he demands so much from you. We work hard together and we’re constantly talking throughout games and we work hard together.

“We work well together, but as much as he helps me out, I’d like to think I also help him as well, albeit in a slightly different way.

“We’re always there to help each other out, which any partnership needs no matter what position you play.”

The duo, who both started last weekend’s 3-2 win away at Queens Park Rangers, will be hoping to line-up alongside each other once again when Nigel Adkins’ side head to Millwall at the weekend.

Batty is expecting another tough test on the road against the Lions but insists the Tigers will head to South East London looking to continue their recent run of positive performances and results.

“We know it’s going to be tough,” he added. “They’re a physical side and like to make it a battle.

“And we know all about their fans and what they can be like. We’ve just got to focus on our own game and show what we can do.

“We’re enjoying a good spell right now and we’re playing some good football. Spirits are high and we just need to continue picking up positive results.

“Consistency is key for any team and we just need to maintain our performance levels going forward in what is going to be a busy period.

“We just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing of late and hopefully the positive results will continue to come.”