Hull City

Kevin Stewart On His Hull City Learning Curve

30 August 2019
Kevin Stewart says lessons learned from mistakes made over the last couple of seasons are now helping him to flourish in Hull City’s midfield.

Stewart has been one of the Tigers’ top performers during the early weeks of the new season, forming a key and energetic part of Grant McCann’s midfield and earning plenty of praise along the way.

“I just think I’ve learned a lot of lessons from the last couple of seasons,” said Stewart.

“I made a lot of mistakes, but the more mistakes I made the more I learned and the better I felt I got as a player.

“The staff have made it clear what they want and expect from me this season and from the team as a whole, too. The understanding of the team is clear, and that can only help us as individual players, too.

“Coming to Hull City a couple of years ago felt like starting all over again a little bit and it took time to adjust to a new environment.

“I put pressure on myself – I work hard so I expect certain things from myself – that is just a normal pressure. Things don’t always go as planned, but I wouldn’t change the last couple of seasons because they have made me a better player now.

“The way that the gaffer wants us to play really suits me. I like his ideas, and the way he puts things across to the team really makes sense. Even in the relatively short time that he has been here, he has made a real difference. I think his style of play has come through straightaway and, over time, I think we will be a very dangerous side.”

Stewart and his team-mates head to Millwall on Saturday looking for a positive result to take into the international break and the midfielder says the Tigers are up for the challenge that awaits them at The Den.

“It will be a challenge going there but we’re really up for that,” added Stewart.

“Knowing what the atmosphere can be like down there, we need to turn that into adrenalin and energy that is to our advantage. We are more than capable of going there and getting a good result.

“We’ve lost our last couple of games, so a good result this weekend would be important especially as there is a break coming up after this match.

“We just need to carry on with the way we have been playing whilst also tightening up in a couple of areas and being a bit more ruthless with the chances that we’re creating.”