Hull City

Lewis-Potter: Scoring Was A Confidence Boost

11 July 2019
Keane Lewis-Potter was delighted to score in Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient and admitted finding the back of the net in the Club’s opening pre-season fixture was a real confidence boost.

The 18-year-old Academy product – who signed a three-and-a-half year deal in February earlier this year – was in the right place at the right time to convert Brandon Fleming’s left-wing cross to net the Tigers’ second goal against their League Two opponents.

And having enjoyed a prolific campaign for the Under-18s and Under-23s last term, bagging 24 goals in 34 games in both age groups, Lewis-Potter was pleased to open his pre-season account at first team level at the first time of asking.

“It was a great feeling to see the ball hit the back of the net,” he said.

“It was just a case of waiting for an opportunity and making sure I took it when it came my way.

“It was a great ball in from Brandon (Fleming) and thankfully I was able to finish it off from close-range.

“As I say, it was nice to get that first goal. I was buzzing afterwards. Obviously, it’s a great confidence boost for me at the start of our friendly games and hopefully, I can push on and get a few more in our remaining pre-season matches.”

Reflecting more on the stalemate with Orient itself, Lewis-Potter continued: “I thought we deserved to win the game. Obviously, there were chances for both teams in what was an open game, but the better ones came our way and we probably should’ve scored a few more goals to be truthful.

“I’m sure it will come as no surprise to anyone to hear me say that but – at the end of the day – it’s the fitness from the games that are the most important thing for us rather results at this stage.

“It was a massive test in difficult conditions. The weather and humidity made it miles harder for us – it’s never this hot back in Hull!.

“It was a good test though and being over here training and playing been beneficial to us all so far. I’m sure that will continue to be the case in the remainder of our time in Marbella as well.”

This pre-season represents Lewis-Potter’s first as a professional with the senior set-up having been down at Cottingham since the squad returned to the training pitches in the last week of June – and the youngster was quick to highlight how much he has enjoyed the experience so far.

“It’s been great,” he added. “I’ve always said it’s a lot harder and tougher training with senior professionals but doing so will only aid my development.

“I’m learning every single day still. I seem to have adapted well and, again, I’m enjoying it, which is key.

“Grant, along with the rest of the coaching staff, has been brilliant with me and the rest of the Academy lads that have been down at Cottingham from the first day of training.

“He took us all into his office on that first day, spoke to us all and made us feel part of it all right from the off, which helped to make the transition so much easier for everyone.”