Josh Magennis has been speaking about the understanding that has developed between Hull City’s attacking players this season.
Magennis, Mallik Wilks and Keane Lewis-Potter have all reached double figures for league goals this term, the first time three Tigers have hit double figures in a league season since 2003/04 when Danny Allsopp, Ben Burgess and Stuart Elliott were finding the net with regularity during the Division Three promotion-winning campaign.
And Magennis says it is testament to the hard work done on the training ground that such numbers have been able to be posted this season.
“It’s massive for the three of us to get into double figures,” said Magennis.
“Whichever level you play at, the goal doesn’t move as the famous saying goes, so it’s just about taking the chances when they come along. The three of us have managed to come up with an understanding of how each other play and the areas that we like to drift into, and we’ve accommodated each other really well this season.
“Hopefully there’ll be a few more goals from us before the end of the season, but it’s good that the hard work that we do in training has been coming to fruition over the course of the campaign. It’s been nice to share the load and hopefully it all helps us to get promoted come the end of the season.”
And it isn’t just between Magennis (13), Wilks (18) and Lewis-Potter (11) that the load has been shared. Goals have been coming from all areas of the field in recent weeks and months, and Magennis knows that has been important.
“The gaffer made it clear to the forwards at the start of the season that he wanted goals and assists from us and, if you’re not scoring, he wants you to be setting people up,” continued the Northern Ireland international.
“That’s the mentality that we’ve had and, to be fair, the onus has also been on the midfielders and full-backs to create chances as well. There shouldn’t be any game where we as forwards come off without having had a chance to score and I don’t think there have been many games where we haven’t looked dangerous as an attacking unit.
“We’re not a one-man team when it comes to goals, although Mallik has led the way. Me and Keano have reached double figures, ‘Eavesy’ has stuck a few away, ‘Burkey’ has got a few from the back – we’ve chipped in from all over, even Callum Elder the other weekend, so opposition teams know that they can’t just focus on one or two of our players because there is danger all over the pitch. It’s always nice to score and you want to try and score as many as you can as an individual, and thankfully I’ve managed a few this season."