Matt Ingram was happy to have contributed to the Tigers' 5-4 penalty shootout win following a 0-0 draw against Sunderland in normal time.
The goalkeeper made a number of saves during the 90 minutes before coming up with a shoot-out save to deny Will Grigg from Sunderland’s first penalty attempt.
“It was a great way to start the season personally,” he said. “It’s good to kick off with a win even if it was through a penalty shoot-out – getting the clean sheet was important as well.
“I’d say they had the better chances and more possession than us, but I think we got to grips with the game in the second half – we passed the ball out better and got in more advanced positions to threaten them a bit more.
“When it was 0-0 at 80 minutes I had a little inkling that it might be heading to penalties, and it would’ve been nice to wrap the game up in the 90 minutes but we got the job done in the end.
“We said it in the dressing room after the game – I think last season we could’ve been two or three-nil down, but we dug in today and it just shows what we can do, and in the second half we got into the game more, had a few more chances and in the end I thought we possibly could’ve won it.”
Ingram believes that he and his team-mates are in a good position to bounce back from the disappointment of last season – and the goalkeeper says he is ready to play his part in the push for promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship.
“Promotion is the aim – everyone here wants to get promoted,” said Ingram. “We want to be in or around the top pushing for promotion.
“It’s a fresh start for us this season. We’ve got a great squad and we’ve just played Sunderland who have been there or thereabouts for the last few seasons and we’ve beaten them, so I think it puts us in good stead.
“I just want to play as many games as I can, help the team out as much as I can and push for promotion with this squad of players – that’s all I’m focussed on personally.
“Everyone had a real determination in the first-half in defence and I think it was a strong performance from the whole team.
“If this is the start of my opportunity here then I’m ready to take it – obviously I’m happy to get the clean sheet and to help us get the win on penalties from a personal point of view and I just need to keep that going now to stay in the team. Hopefully I can get a run of games and prove I’m worth the shirt.”
“I think today has proved that we can dig-in and fight. We’ve got a great group of lads in that dressing room so when things do get tough, we know we can get through and out the other side of it.”