Hull City

Elder: Positives To Take

15 September 2019
Callum Elder was keen to focus on the positives despite Saturday’s ‘frustrating’ 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic.

The Tigers looked in the driving seat with a 2-1 lead at the break, after Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki goals had cancelled out Cheyenne Dunkley’s opener, only for Joe Geldhert’s 75th-minute equaliser to rescue a point for the visitors at the KCOM Stadium.

And whilst Elder was gutted to only take a share of the spoils from the clash, he insisted the team’s overall performance was an encouraging one.

“It was frustrating for us because we felt as though it was two points dropped,” he said. “That was the collective feeling in the dressing room after the game.

“But, we need to take the positives from the game and our overall performance. It’s another point in the right direction and one that we can build on.

“We were a real threat at times and I thought we were on top for large spells of the game, but it’s all about capitalising on those moments.

“And similarly, when opposition teams have their little spells, it’s important we are compact and don’t concede. We definitely need to be more ruthless in both boxes.

“We are creating chances – it would be more of a worry if we weren’t – but in saying that we do need to start taking those chances.

“As I say, it’s frustrating but we just have to continue what we’re doing because we are playing some really good stuff at times.

“We’re opening teams up, we’re opening back fours up and we know the results will come. And if we can string a number of good results together, I’m sure we’ll sky-rocket up the table.”

Elder was handed his Tigers’ debut against the Latics and won praise from Grant McCann after a solid display on the left of the back four.

The Australian was pleased to have ended his wait for a first appearance in a black and amber shirt having been sidelined with a minor calf problem since his deadline day switch from Leicester City – and was quick to stress his hunger to claim a regular slot in his Head Coach’s plans.

“I was delighted to make my debut and to be back out on the pitch,” Elder added.

“I felt fine in training during the week and I was raring to go. It was brilliant to get the nod and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“I just wanted to go out and put my best foot forward and I felt as though I did well.

“It’s only one game though and I need to build on it now. I’m looking forward to playing more for the club.

“I’ll be back in at the training ground on Monday and working hard to – hopefully – retain my place in the team for next week at Luton.

“Coming here is a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to taking it with both hands.

“I’ve joined a great set of lads here. We’re all working hard collectively to achieve good things – the staff included – and I want to play my part in that.”