Callum Elder admitted that patience was the key to Hull City getting all three points against Burton Albion at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.
Second half goals from Mallik Wilks and Hakeeb Adelakun fired the Tigers to a deserved win, but they had to work hard to break down an Albion side reduced to ten men after just 18 minutes.
“Patience was key,” said Elder.
“It’s never easy when you’re against an away side that has gone down to ten men. I think we were getting frustrated with ourselves in the first half because we just couldn’t get that opening goal.
“The gaffer spoke to us at half time about moving the ball around quicker and trying to tire them out a bit. I thought we did that and we’ve come out of it with two good goals and a clean sheet.
“It was important that we got back to winning ways in the league, especially at home, because to achieve success in this division you have to go on winning runs. We were disappointing against Swindon in our last league game so to come back home and put in a good performance is pleasing.
“We won last weekend in the FA Cup, in midweek in the EFL Trophy and now again this weekend, and it’s about us building a winning environment here.”
The win moved the Tigers up to second place in the League One table, one point behind leaders Peterborough United, but Elder insists that nobody is looking at the standings at this time.
“You don’t want to be looking at the table at this moment in time, the things to be looking at are performances and results,” added the left back.
“We’ve started strongly, but that is all it is – a start. We need to keep building on it and that starts with the work that we do on the training ground because we want to improve week on week. Consistency is a big thing and so we’ll be looking to build on this result again next week."