Greg Docherty felt that Tuesday night’s 2-0 win against Rochdale was reward for a calm and measured home performance.
A goal from Mallik Wilks, his seventh in his last five appearances, and a second half own goal from Dale’s Gabriel Osho moved the Tigers back into the automatic promotion places and Docherty felt it was a pleasing display.
“I think it was a calm and professional performance,” he said.
“I think you could see that Rochdale came here to try and frustrate us and maybe upset our rhythm a little bit. I think they wanted us to press them high up to try and leave a space in behind so they could nick something to hold onto, but we did the job. A bit of quality from Mallik opened the game up and, from then on, I felt that it was quite comfortable for us.
“At 1-0 we were comfortable and they weren’t really creating much. We knew that second goal would come and we maybe could have had a couple more after that. It’s another clean sheet at home, a 2-0 win and we’ll take that all day.”
Pleasing on a team level, it was also another impressive display from midfielder Docherty who covered plenty of ground in both attack and defence and he admits that he’s enjoying the freedom awarded to him by Head Coach Grant McCann.
“I’m enjoying playing with a freedom and enjoying trying to get Hull City back to where we need to be,” he added.
“I’m embracing it and, as a team, I feel that we’re playing well. We’re all helping each other and we’re strong as a unit.”
Docherty was also full of praise for midfield team-mate George Honeyman who operated in a slightly different role last night.
“George was doing a job for the team and that’s what he does – he’s selfless,” Docherty continued.
“We identified a potential threat and we nullified it. From the way George was pressing, we almost got in to score a couple of times so it worked for us. George will do anything for the team. He drives us on and is a real presence in the dressing room."