We Must Continue This Progression: Marshall

08 November 2018
David Marshall says there can be no let up from the players as Hull City look to continue their recent progression and improvement.

The Tigers head to Birmingham City on Saturday having secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season, but with the league table still showing Nigel Adkins’ side in the bottom three Marshall is keen to pick up another positive result ahead of the third international break of the campaign.

“Getting those back-to-back wins is a hurdle that we’ve overcome, but this is a brand new squad really and if you look at our performances from the start of the season to where they are now there is definitely a progression there. I think everybody can see that,” said Marshall.

“That has to continue now. We’ve had a couple of good weekends but we need to keep going because we’re still down there.

“We’ve been focussing on our performances and the results are starting to come. Hopefully that can continue at Birmingham on Saturday and we can climb out of the bottom three before the international break.

“The wins help with confidence, but even if you look back as far as the week when we played Middlesbrough, Leeds and Sheffield United our performances were good even though the results didn’t come. Then there were the late goals conceded against Preston and Bristol City but it didn’t knock us and our performances have been good for the last six or seven games.”

As well as two wins, the last two games have also brought two clean sheets for Marshall and his defence. Despite changes in personnel, the back line has looked solid in both games and the goalkeeper says that is testament to the work done on the training ground.

“We limited West Brom, the top scorers in the division, to almost nothing in terms of attempts at goal,” continued Marshall.

“Everybody knows their role because of the work we do during the week. We’ve got Eric Lichaj and Todd Kane who can both on both sides of the back line, we’ve got Stephen Kingsley to come back in after he missed last weekend, we’ve got a lot of options at centre back including young Robbie McKenzie who has come in and done great, and defensively we’ve looked fairly sound for the last month or so.

“Whoever comes in and plays is doing a really good job, and again that is something that we need to continue.”

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