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Docherty Delighted With Return

3 December 2020

Midfielder Greg Docherty was pleased to be back in Grant McCann’s side as he produced an MKM Man of the Match performance in Hull City’s 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday night.

Despite being disappointed with the late goal conceded, the 24 year-old was quick to praise the swift response from the Tigers as they regained the lead three minutes from time and take all three points.

“It was a really dominant first half from us which was good,” said Docherty. “It was what we set out to do and our game-plan was working but at half time we touched on the fact that we knew there would be a reaction from Doncaster. To be honest, I can’t really remember them troubling Matt Ingram in the whole game apart from the goal. We were disappointed with the goal we conceded. We probably made it a bit too easy for them.

“It was disappointing that we didn’t kill the game off but, to be fair, their goalkeeper made some really good saves. The reaction from us after their equaliser was good and it was good to see the impact from the bench. It sparked us back into life a little bit and we got the winner. We deserved the win at the end of the day.”

The Scot had missed the previous four games through injury, but is now aiming to build on his impressive return to the side ahead of a busy Christmas period.

“I thought my performance was up there in terms of my time here,” he said. “I’ve been a bit disappointed with myself of late, although I’d say this was the first game I’ve played pain-free. I felt really good – fit and strong and back towards where I want to be.

"I want to contribute to the team and I feel as though I haven’t really done so to this point. I had a few chances to score, too, but the goalkeeper made some good saves. I’m happy with my performance and it’s something to build on. Thankfully the manager put me straight back in despite two great wins in the last two league games. I was pleased to repay that faith.

“It was just a little niggle with my thigh. It was coming and going. I’ve never really had a muscle injury before so it was all new to me and it would just come and go at random moments. I thought I’d be okay, but in the end I had to make the decision to pull back, go for the scan and it showed that there was something there. I’d been lying to myself really because I was desperate to keep playing and to contribute to the team. That was no good to anybody and, in the end, I was maybe letting the  team down a little bit because I wasn’t playing to my maximum. I feel good again now and, touch wood, I can keep going and stay injury free.”


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