Hull City

Meyler: We Will Improve

17 September 2017
David Meyler has given an honest assessment of the Tigers' start to the season but is confident improvements will be seen once Leonid Slutsky's side start to click.

Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Sunderland took the Tigers’ points tally for the campaign to eight from a possible 24 – a figure which sees the team occupy 17th spot in the Sky Bet Championship table.

“If I’m going to be honest and call a spade a spade, it’s been an average start,” said Meyler.

“There’s no point in pretending it’s going well, but it’s certainly not going poorly either. It could be better, that’s why I’d say average.

“The signs are there but they’re glimpses. Once we nail it down I think we can be a force to be reckoned with.

“We’re all in this together. We’ve got young lads who are learning their trade and we’ve got other ones, more experienced. We’ve got to find the blend and the second half against Sunderland was the start of it.

“But, to do it for just 45 minutes simply isn’t good enough. We have to be in it together for the 90 minutes.

“We’ve got 38 games to go and there’s a lot of points to play for. Our target is still to be promoted.”

Meyler’s introduction from the bench at the break proved to be the catalyst for a much-improved second half display against the Black Cats, with the Irishman’s second goal of the season eight minutes from time enough to secure a share of the spoils against his former employers.

And the midfielder hopes his impressive contribution on Saturday will be enough to secure a return to the Tigers’ starting line-up when he and his team-mates travel to Reading this weekend.

“I was naturally disappointed (not to be in the starting line-up) because everyone wants to play but the manager made the decision,” he added.

“And I respect his decision because it’s his job. My job is to play football and when the opportunity comes you’ve got to go out and take it.

“I want to play every minute of every game. Sometimes it doesn’t work like that but the manager knows what I want. I’ll always give my all to the team and hopefully I’ve done enough to get picked in the next game at Reading.”