Martin Samuelsen was pleased to help smooth Hull City’s passage through to the knockout stages of the Papa John’s Trophy with a two-goal display in a 3-0 victory over Grimsby Town.
Samuelsen scored a sublime first and a poacher’s second, and could have had a hat-trick had a late penalty not been saved – not that he was letting that spoil his evening.
“I was very pleased with the performance and the goals, and what the team did in the game,” said Samuelsen.
“Personally, I felt that I built on the performance that I put in against Harrogate last week. I wanted to add some goals and I did that, so it was a really good evening for me. My first was a good finish and, for the second, the ball was probably going over the line anyway but I thought it needed the touch just in case a defender came in to clear. The penalty – it was a soft one from me, although I guess you can say well done to the goalkeeper for going the right way.
“It was bit different to the game against Harrogate for me because in that one I played as more of a number ten, whereas in this one I played out on the right. When I was told I was playing wide I thought ‘okay, this is a different challenge for me and needs me to do different things’. I thought I dealt with it well and was happy to get the goals. People will talk about the first one, but I was just as happy with the second because I was in the right place at the right time.”
Samuelsen will hope that his recent performances in the Papa John’s Trophy will bring him back into the picture for more regular Sky Bet League One action, and he is determined to work hard for his opportunity.
“I need to do well when I get the chance to play in the league,” added Samuelsen.
“It’s sometimes a different type of football. Performances in the cup competitions can be an indication of how you might do, but you only know for sure when you get your chance in the league.
“I need to be ready if my chance comes and then take it. I’ll try my hardest to earn that chance by working hard in training and playing well in the cup competitions."