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Magennis: Training Ground Work Paid Off

23 November 2020

Josh Magennis was thrilled to see Hull City’s work on the training ground pay off in the 3-1 win at MK Dons.

The Northern Ireland international scored twice in the first 12 minutes at Stadium MK – the first a right-footed volley from Josh Emmanuel’s first-time cross.

Opposite full-back Callum Elder sent in a low centre for Magennis to power in his second, moments after Stephen Walker had drawn the Dons level.

Substitute James Scott secured the win 14 minutes from time with a close-range header after Tom Eaves had nodded George Honeyman’s corner back across goal.

And Magennis said all three goals owed to work done at the Tigers' Cottingham base.

“The big thing we’ve been working on in training is the manager has been demanding the full-backs and midfielders in wide areas to create chances for the front three,” said Magennis.

“He’s been putting the onus onto us to try and make something when we’re inside the penalty box.

“I managed to get two touches on the ball and they managed to go in.

“We try and replicate finishing and shooting drills as much as we can. Not just into feet, set and shoot from the edge of the penalty area, but when you’re fatigued at the end of training.

“It’s good to see what we’re learning in training is coming into games.

“Cliff Byrne does the attacking set-pieces and he’s put demands on us this season to try and get chances on goal as much as possible.

“To try and get promoted, set-pieces are absolutely vital – they can be the difference between drawing and winning.

“It can be monotonous and time consuming in training, but when you see it come to fruition in games, it’s well worth it.”

The 30-year-old, who has now netted five goals for Hull City this season, was delighted with the way his side combated MK Dons' passing style.

“I thought we were outstanding,” he added. “To come away from home and compete and dominate in many areas, especially in both boxes, is massive.

“Me, Mallik (Wilks) and Haks (Hakeeb Adelakun) were told to deal with their back three, which meant the midfielders had to push up to try to deal with their midfield.

“At times it left defenders one v one or three v two. The manager tells the defenders you’ve got to back yourself.

“You can clearly see what Russell Martin is trying to do – they’re trying to be an expansive team.

“At times they showed that but at critical times, we managed to come out on top.”

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