Hull City

Irvine Pleased To Get Off The Mark

12 August 2019
Jackson Irvine is delighted to be up and running in the goalscoring charts for Hull City this season – and is targeting more of the same over the coming campaign.

The Australian international scored the Tigers’ second goal in Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Reading – rising majestically to guide Jarrod Bowen’s superb delivery into the back of the net.

Irvine hit six goals last term and the 26-year-old is aiming to better that tally in 2019/20.

“I couldn’t be happier at getting off the mark so early in the season,” he said.

“With our new system, hopefully, we’ll see more of me being able to make those kinds of runs that have brought me goals in the past.

“But, at the end of the day, if you make the runs, the delivery has to be right and it was top drawer from Jarrod at the weekend. It was a fantastic cross and thankfully I was able to time the run and head it home.

“As a midfielder, you’ve got to be looking at that eight to ten-goal mark as your contribution. Our forwards score a lot of goals for us and the three of them last year scored the majority of the team’s overall tally.

“I think I was fourth after them, so maybe this year I can take a little bit more responsibility and try to get closer to the ones that were ahead of me.”

Reflecting on the win against the Royals, Irvine continued: “Everyone was delighted to start our home campaign with a win.

“It was a tough game against a good footballing unit. We knew the press was going to have to be right and that we would have to capitalise on our chances.

“We started brightly – same as we did last week at Swansea – but the major difference was that we put two of our chances away rather than just one during the spell that we were on top.

“In this league though, teams are always going to have a spell on top against you and it’s important to see it out when they do. ‘Longy’ made a fantastic save at 2-1 to preserve our lead and you need your goalkeeper to do that.

“I thought we showed a lot of different sides to our game on Saturday. We’re still learning though and we’ve still got room to improve.

“We’re still getting used to what the manager wants and a new system and, as we’ve all said, there are going to be teething problems.

“The heart and desire to get over the line was the most important thing though. We’ve got heart and desire in abundance in this group and – not only that – we’ve got the quality as well and we were so pleased to pick up all three points at home.”

Irvine also had words of praise for the support provided by the black and amber faithful at the KCOM Stadium.

“It was good to be back on home soil and the fans were in good voice, which was great to see and hear,” he added.

“I’m sure everyone was getting itchy feet to see football back at the KCOM and we were just so pleased that we got the win to send everyone home happy.

“Hopefully we’ve set the tone for the rest of the season in terms of our home games because we all know how important our form at the KCOM is going be this season.”