Hull City

Tafazolli: A Point Gained

02 September 2019
Ryan Tafazolli admitted it was a point gained at the weekend as Hull City drew a frustrating game with Millwall at The Den.

The Tigers had chances to take all three points in the capital but eventually had to settle for a share of the spoils in a game which saw Grant McCann’s men finish with nine men on the pitch after three players were forced off with injuries and Josh Magennis’ stoppage-time dismissal.

And whilst Tafazolli felt the Tigers were still more than capable of getting a winning goal despite their numerical disadvantage, the centre-back was pleased to come away with a point in the 1-1 draw.

“We went there with the intentions to win the game, to try and get all three points,” he said.

“We thought we had more than enough in the team to do that. We know that we are more than capable of beating anyone in this league, especially on our day.

“However, going down to nine men with the injuries we had, it was probably all in all a good a point come 95 minutes and one that we came off the pitch happy with.

“Even with nine men though, I felt that we could have potentially nicked it because they threw bodies forward looking for a winner.

“We have got so much quality in our side and I did feel like we should try and grind the game out here but at the same time, with the quality we’ve got, you do just want to let your attacking players loose at all times because you know that they can hurt teams and in those dying stages, we could have caught them on the counter. All-in-all though, it has to go down as a good point in the circumstances.”

Saturday’s stalemate concluded a hectic opening four weeks of the 2019/20 campaign which saw the Tigers in action eight times in all competitions.

And, despite only picking up five points from the opening six league fixtures, Tafazolli believes it has been a month of progress.

“Obviously the gaffer has come in and tried to implement his own style – and we’re still learning every day,” he added.

“We’re still putting things together because it’s not something that is just going to click overnight. But, we are getting to grips with how he wants us to play as a team.

“I’ve worked with the gaffer before and I think the lads are really buying into how the gaffer wants us to play and taking things on board every day.

“It is not something that is going to happen overnight. It is all about developing habits. The more and more we do what the manager wants us to do, it becomes natural to us and I think now, we are getting it.

“We are looking like a better and better side each week. Hopefully, we can continue on this path and start picking up more points.

“We’re improving with every game and we saw an improved defensive display on Saturday, which was good. We’ve just got to maintain those standards at the back and, with the attacking quality that we’ve got, I’m sure we’ll be a real force.”