Lewie Coyle has admitted that it is hard to put into words just how it feels to have won promotion with his hometown club.
Coyle has skippered Hull City in recent months in the absence of the injured Richie Smallwood and was the man wearing the armband when promotion from Sky Bet League One was secured with a 2-1 win at Lincoln City on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling and so hard to put into words,” said Coyle.
“Being from Hull myself – to be honest, even if I wasn’t, it’s just such a special achievement but that feeling at the moment the whistle goes is something that you just can’t describe. It’s hard to explain because you’ve achieved what you set out to.
“People just see the end result – the flags being waved and the champagne being sprayed – but we’ve been working towards this since starting pre-season back in August. Everybody at the Club has worked their socks off to get to this moment and for it all to fall into place is just the best feeling. It’s nice when you get back out what you’ve put in.”
Coyle provided the assist for Josh Magennis to open the scoring in the fourth minute at Lincoln and, for an hour, it looked as though that would be the goal to send the Tigers up. However, Lincoln equalised with 25 minutes to go but the Tigers would get their chance to seal the deal with a penalty seven minutes from time and it was converted by the ice-cool Mallik Wilks.
“If I could have put anybody in the stadium on that penalty it would have been Mallik,” continued Coyle.
“He thrives on moments like that and I know that many of us wouldn’t have been as cool and as calm as he was stepping up to that penalty spot. We had the perfect man to be there for us at that moment in time and he’s produced the goods, as he has done many times for us this season.
“I never had any doubt that he would put it in the net and take us on that next step of securing promotion.”