The cup competition has provided Pennington with his only appearances since joining on loan from Everton earlier this month, pressing his claims with a couple of good performances. However, it is in the Sky Bet Championship that the 24-year-old wants to be a regular this season and he says he will now be doing all he can in training to earn a starting spot.
“The reason for coming here was to try and get some games and that is what I am looking to do,” said Pennington.
“We’ve got some really strong competition for the centre back positions and that is good for everybody. It keeps those that are in the team on their toes, and it means that we push hard to try to win their place.
“Everybody wants to play in every game but that isn’t possible, so I know that I have to keep working hard and hopefully I can get a chance. It is disappointing to be out of the cup now because a cup run is good for everybody. It gives players a chance to keep fit and stay sharp, so I have to try to earn another opportunity now.
“I felt I did okay last night but I know that I could have been better. There were some good bits and some bits where I can improve but, having not played much in pre-season, it was good to get 90 minutes in my legs and I can only get better from here.”
Reflecting on the Tigers’ overall performance against Preston in a game which ended in a 5-4 penalty shoot-out defeat after earlier battling back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in 90 minutes, Pennington added: “We didn’t come out of the blocks in the first half and we didn’t press like the gaffer wanted us to.
“Defensively we weren’t great with the goals that we conceded so we need to learn from that, but thankfully the second half was more like us and we were on the front foot with the game pretty much played in Preston’s half of the field.
“We can take a bit of credit from that, but we needed to be like that for 90 minutes to avoid the lottery of penalties.”