Hull City

Maddison Pleased To Get Off The Mark

17 February 2020
Marcus Maddison has spoken of his relief after scoring his first goal in a Hull City shirt and the Championship.

The 26-year-old – who joined the Club on loan from Peterborough United until the end of the season on deadline day – was on the scoresheet as the Tigers were held to a 4-4 draw by Swansea City in what was a remarkable encounter at the KCOM Stadium on Friday night.

It was the first time Maddison had found the back of the net since scoring for his parent club against Stevenage in the FA Cup back in November and the playmaker was quick to reveal his delight at opening his account in black and amber.

“I hadn’t scored for a while, so to get my first goal for Hull City and my first in the Championship was a pleasing moment,” he said.

“My initial effort was blocked but I stayed alert, got myself into the box and thankfully the ball find kindly for me and I was able to put it away. I think it was just a feeling of relief in the immediate aftermath because it had been a while since I last scored.

“I want to be playing week in, week out but to do that I need to be contributing on the pitch – whether it be goals or assists.

“That’s what I expect from myself, so I’m happy to be off the mark. The aim now is to kick on and get more.”

It is not always easy for a footballer to settle into new surroundings, particularly when playing four games in the space of just 17 days after joining a new club. Despite that statistic, Maddison is enjoying his whirlwind start to life in East Yorkshire.

“I haven’t really had time to settle in just yet with the number of games we’ve had since I walked through the doors,” he added.

“Everyone at the Club has made me feel very welcome though and I’m enjoying being part of the group with the rest of the boys.

“Hopefully, results will pick up soon and that will make the experience even better. Confidence has taken a little bit of a knock on the back of recent results but we’ve just got to regroup and go again.

“We’ve got a full week of training to come and we will all put the hard work in between now and the weekend ahead of going to Preston, where we’ll look to help the team get back to winning ways.”