Hull City Tigers

Marshall Relishing Derby Test

08 February 2019
Goalkeeper David Marshall says it’s great for Hull City to be involved in games at the top end of the table again as they prepare to face Derby County on Saturday.

Just four months after sitting at the bottom of the Championship table, the Tigers now find themselves just four points behind the play-off places, and four points behind a Derby side that was tipped for promotion before a ball had been kicked, and Marshall is looking forward to the trip to Pride Park.

“It’s a huge game and the run that we’ve been on means that games like this are important for different reasons now,” said Marshall.

“Derby have beaten us twice already this season, but that feels like a long time ago and a lot of things have changed for us since those games.

“This is going to be a great game to be involved in and one where, two or three months ago, we didn’t think we would be in this position. We’ve been to difficult places and won recently and our home form has also been very good. We take confidence from all of that, and from beating a side as good as Stoke City last weekend.”

That 2-0 win against Stoke was the perfect way for Marshall and his team-mates to bounce back after a minor set-back at Blackburn Rovers the previous week, with the goalkeeper providing one of the key moments in the victory with a penalty save just before half time.

“It was a poor result and performance at Blackburn and something we haven’t been used to recently,” added Marshall.

“We bounced back from that and played really well against Stoke to get a deserved win. Hopefully that can be the starting point for another good run because that is what we need if we’re going to keep climbing the table.

“The penalty save was a nice moment and it was about time I saved one! We watch opposing players and their penalties before games and Sam Vokes had put a lot of previous ones down the middle, as well as a couple to the keeper’s right. So I half gambled to the right and left a leg behind just in case, and luckily he lifted the shot slightly for my leg to block it.

“It was the timing, really. It probably gave us a boost going into the second half 1-0 up rather than 1-1. We managed to get the second goal and, the way we play, being 2-0 up is something that usually suits us.”

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