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Docherty Happy To Be Off The Mark

7 December 2020

Midfielder Greg Docherty was pleased to score his first Hull City goal during the 1-1 draw against Oxford United on Saturday afternoon.

The 24 year-old got his first goal in some style with an unstoppable volley from the edge of the box, but was still disappointed that the Tigers were unable to take home all three points.

“It’s been a long time coming and I think you could see that in the celebration,” said Docherty. “All of my team-mates seemed to be delighted for me, too, which was a nice feeling, but after all of that it was disappointing that we only came out of the game with a point considering the number of chances that we had and how dominant we were for the last hour of the game. However, I’d say Oxford are in a false position in the table so a point is maybe a positive one. It’s four wins and a draw from our last five in the league and I’m sure we’d have taken that a month ago.” 

“I touched the ball inside, I was ready to shoot and their man took away my trailing leg. I don’t know if it was because it was so early on or the influence of the fans in the ground that we didn’t get it but I’ve had a look back and I’d say it was definitely a penalty. The one later on when the referee has pulled play back for a foul on ‘Keano’ when I’m through one-on-one – that was another frustrating one for us. I thought the referee could have let the play go on for a second or two longer to see how it developed. They made it a stop-start game and that is maybe a sign of the respect teams are giving us because as soon as they got the early goal they were just trying to delay the play. It’s something that we’re maybe going to come up against.” 

“They’re at the wrong end of the table and they’re desperate to get out of it, and we maybe should have been a bit more wise to that. They were winning the second balls in the early stages but we just had to stay calm after going behind. We came back into it and nobody could have said that we didn’t deserve all three points had we got them.” 

“We can’t allow teams to get a foothold in games like we did at Oxford. They had that little bit of luck when the ball broke to them for the goal but it was a bit of a wake-up call. We’ve come away with a point from a ground that is a difficult place to go to, and I’m sure Oxford will soon be pushing up the table. They stopped us playing, they were energetic and they’d done their homework but, even so, we were still a little frustrated that we didn’t come away with the win although when 46 games have been played we might look back on this as a good point.” 

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