Abel Hernández has expressed his delight at scoring the hat-trick that helped the Tigers sink Burton Albion at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.
Hernández produced a masterclass in finishing as his treble inspired an emphatic 4-1 victory over Nigel Clough’s men.
The Uruguayan international opened the scoring with a first-half header before Jackson Irvine levelled for the Brewers, only for the Burton man to be dismissed shortly after for a second booking.
Kamil Grosicki restored the Tigers’ lead early in the second half with a glancing header before Hernández took centre stage, grabbing two more goals to complete his hat-trick and give Leonid Slutsky his first win in charge of the Club.
“It is a great feeling for any striker to score three goals in one game,” he said.
“It is the best feeling a striker can have in football. It was the perfect afternoon and hopefully I can maintain that level throughout the season.
“I am working hard, not just to achieve my own personal targets, but for the team as well. Everyone in the team is working hard because we all want to enjoy a successful season.
“It was a good way to begin our home campaign – beating Burton 4-1. It was important to get that first win as early as possible and the challenge now is to build on that in our forthcoming games.”
Hernandez boats an impressive record in the second tier of English football, having scored 23 times in just 41 games.
His tally of 20 Championship goals in 2015/16 helped the Tigers secure an immediate return to the top-flight, and the striker is looking to better that figure in the current campaign.
“I would like to score more goals than I did last time in the Championship in 2015/16,” added Hernández.
“That was a very good season for me – my best in English football so far – and I want to do even better this time round. It would be great to match that tally, but my aim is to beat that number.
“I want to have a very good season with my team at Club level – that is the most important thing for me.
“If I can do that, hopefully I will give myself a good chance of being included in the Uruguay squad for the World Cup Finals in Russia should we qualify.
“I want to enjoy success with my national team, but as I say, my main focus is to improve here at Hull and help us achieve our goals this season.”