Hull City’s Good Friday win away at Crewe Alexandra may have come late but goalkeeper Matt Ingram says it came about thanks to the composed nature of his side’s performance, and that is something he believes the Tigers will maintain during the closing weeks of the season.
Having fallen behind with less than half-an-hour remaining at The Alexandra Stadium, Grant McCann’s men remained calm and levelled through a Josh Magennis penalty before Mallik Wilks scored a winner in added time, and Ingram feels that no panic mentality is a result of the full belief the players have in the game plan set out by their Head Coach.
“We go into each game with a game plan and everybody understands what that is and the job that they need to do as part of that plan,” said Ingram.
“As long as everybody is aware of what their job is, there is no need for us to panic when we’re out there. We also know the roles of each other so, if there are any lapses, we can let them know. Because we have such a good understanding of each other going forward and defensively, I don’t think anybody needs to panic and that is showing out on the pitch.
“Against Crewe we didn’t quite get the breaks in the first half but then we got one with our penalty. We kept on going after that and I felt that there was only one team that was going to go on and win the game after it went to 1-1.
“When I saw Mallik with the ball at his feet I was just thinking ‘I hope we score’! It was a massive goal for us. The teams close to us won, so it was massive that we also got a win and the manner in which we did it will give us a lot of confidence. The lads were buzzing to get a last-minute goal and it will give us a lot of confidence going into Monday’s game.”
Friday’s win means the Tigers remain a point clear at the top of the table as they go on to face Northampton Town at the KCOM Stadium on what is going to be a big Easter Monday in League One, with Peterborough United in second hosting third-placed Sunderland.
“It’s a massive game for us against Northampton on Monday now,” continued Ingram.
“When you look at the table and see that Peterborough are playing Sunderland on the same day you know that points will be dropped somewhere there, but we just have to take care of our own business and aim to get another three points for ourselves.
“The run-in is shaping up nicely for any neutrals watching with teams at the top playing each other and having tough games elsewhere. We need to make sure we get our own results first and foremost, though, and Northampton will be a really difficult game."