Callum Elder’s first Hull City goal may have been 72 games in the making but it was certainly worth the wait.
The Australian left-back broke his Tigers duck in stunning style against Northampton Town with a first-time, left-footed curler from the edge of the box that arced beautifully into the top corner.
The goal set Hull City on their way to a resounding 3-0 win, with Keane Lewis-Potter scoring the second and Elder providing the assist for Gavin Whyte to add a stoppage-time third.
And the 26-year-old – who topped the player ratings – was understandably thrilled with a good day’s work.
“I’m obviously delighted to get my first goal for the club,” said Elder.
“It was a great cut-back from Keano and I found myself with a bit of space on the edge of the box.
“I just thought I’d try to curl it past the keeper. It was slightly wind assisted, came back in right at the end.
“It was really good for us to start off with the impetus. We got on the front foot, we got that first goal, which is so key at this moment in time.
“From there, we grew from strength to strength in the game and it was a really good performance from us.”
Elder admitted Northampton’s change of shape from 4-3-3 to 5-3-2 took the Tigers by surprise.
But the defender was impressed with how his side adapted and nullified Town’s threats – conceding no shots on target – while creating problems of their own, especially out wide.
“We actually set up thinking they were going to play as a (back) four but then we saw they brought a third centre-half into the team,” admitted Elder.
“It was slightly tweaked. They kept the midfield really compact and we nullified their threats really quickly.
“I think they got caught a little bit in the first half trying to play a bit more of a passing game. Our press was really good and resulted in them having to go longer.
“We dealt with the first ball – Alfie (Jones), ‘Greavesy’ (Jacob Greaves) and Regan (Slater) were really good at that all game.
“In keeping their midfield compact, it left a lot of space for us on the flanks and I thought we really hurt them out wide all game.
“If there was one improvement from the game, we could have been a bit more clinical in the final third. But we’re delighted with three goals and it was another clean sheet as well – that’s 19 for the season in the league now.”
The victory rounded off a fruitful four days over the Easter period following the last-gasp 2-1 victory at Crewe Alexandra on Good Friday.
And Elder was pleased two committed displays were rewarded with maximum points.
“When the games come so quickly – Friday-Monday – you want to make sure by the end of it you’ve put in good performances but more importantly, you’ve got the right results,” said Elder.
“We’ve found ourselves on the end of two really good results. Friday was just as important as Monday, to get that three points right at the death.
“Both performances have shown to the fans the commitment that has been shown from the players and staff. We’re really digging deep at this point in the season – we know how important results are.
“On top of that, it’s been a real job the last few days, these couples of games have brought a really good team spirit for us and we’re delighted with the two wins.”