Hull City

Hector Targets First Clean Sheet

18 August 2017
Michael Hector wants to see the Tigers keep a first clean sheet of the season in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash at QPR.

Whilst Leonid Slutsky’s side have been impressive in front of goal in the opening three games of the season – with their tally of seven goals matched by only Ipswich Town in the second tier of English football – Hector knows improvements are needed at the back and was quick to stress the importance of shutting-out opponents as soon as possible.

“We want to keep as many clean sheets as possible this season,” he said. “Keeping clean sheets is the bread and butter for all defenders and we’re no different here.

“As a team, we want to keep as many clean sheets as possible, because if you keep a clean sheet you know you’re not going to lose the game.

“I feel as though we’ve defended well in spells during our first three games, but sometimes a lack of concentration or silly mistakes has led to us conceding.

“Those problems will get ironed out the season goes on as we all get used to playing alongside each other though. We will improve as a unit at the back and I’ve no doubts that we’ll keep clean sheets going forward.”

Hector and his team-mates head to Loftus Road to face Ian Holloway’s side looking to bounce back from the midweek home defeat to Wolves, with the centre-back keen to do so at the first time of asking.

“It’s always good to have a game straight after a defeat and O obviously the players want to bounce back at the first time of asking,” he added.

“I felt as though we deserved something for our efforts against Wolves, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. We’ve moved on though and all our attentions have been on going to QPR since the final whistle on Tuesday night.

“It will be another tough test for us going to Loftus Road. Any game away from home in the Championship is going to provide you with a tough examination.

“We all know that but everyone is looking forward to going to QPR and we will go there with the belief that we can get a positive result.

“They will want to bounce back themselves after a 2-0 defeat to Norwich in midweek, but we know what we have to do. We want to show our bouncebackability and a get a result for the fans.”