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Honeyman eager to add more goals

21 November 2020

George Honeyman has set himself a target of double figures as he aims to score more goals.

The 26-year-old has netted twice so far this campaign – a composed finish one-on-one at Northampton and a close-range follow-up effort against Fleetwood.

The in-form midfielder plundered eight goals in his last season in League One with Sunderland in 2018/19.

And Honeyman admits scoring goals is an area of his game he is looking to improve.

“I feel I can get myself on the scoresheet a lot more than I have been,” said Honeyman.

“My two previous years at Sunderland before I joined Hull, I got eight goals apiece in both seasons.

“I always had that target of getting double figures.

“My return last year wasn’t good enough and I’ve had an alright start this year with two, but I know I can push on and score more goals and that’s my aim.

“The coaching staff are on me with that, which is nice as I like being pushed.

“My target is always double figures and I will always keep making those runs into the box to try and produce as many goals as I can.”

While not always among the goals himself, Honeyman has provided an impressive five assists in just 11 league games.

A couple of those have come from set-pieces and the energetic midfielder says work on the training ground is paying off.

“When I get the chance, I’ll spend 15-20 minutes after training practicing them,” he commented.

“I don’t think you can practice them enough. They’re a hugely important part of the game and something I think is massively undervalued.

“Everyone talks about them but I don’t think they’re practiced enough in football. We’ve done our practice this year and it’s paying dividends.”

Honeyman has started every league game, the majority of those in a midfield three with captain Richie Smallwood and Greg Docherty.

The former Sunderland man is enjoying the dynamic and highlighted the importance of the skipper to the way the team plays.

“I love playing with them both,” added Honeyman. “Me and Greg have got similar styles but playing as two 8s, that complements each other really well.

“We’re backed up with Richie Smallwood, who is vital to the team. He is that insurance policy for both me and Greg to keep pushing forward and try to create something at the other end of the pitch.

“Richie is always going to be a consistent performer. He’s an experienced pro and you know exactly what you’re going to get.

“For a number 8 to say that about your 6 is exactly what you want. Both Richie and Greg fit perfectly for how we want to play.”

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