Greg Docherty admitted that Hull City’s start to the game was crucial in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Plymouth Argyle.
The Tigers were on the front foot from the off at Home Park, taking an 11th-minute lead through Keane Lewis-Potter’s eleventh league goal of the season, and they went on to dominate for long periods with Docherty himself getting on the scoresheet with the third goal of the afternoon.
“We’d have taken a result like that away from home all day,” said Docherty.
“Our start to the game was always going to be crucial and we started really well, and the only slightly disappointing thing on the day was that we didn’t kill the game off before half time but we came out strongly again at the start of the second half. We nullified their threats and created plenty of chances all the way through and 3-0 away from home is really good.
“As a group we’re enjoying our football. You look at Saturday – it was a long trip down to Plymouth, the sun was shining, the pitch was good and it suited us. When you’re scoring goals there are smiles on the faces, but we take as much pride from keeping clean sheets.
“We put our bodies on the line because we do not want to concede goals and that gives us a great base from which to build.”
Speaking about his goal, his sixth of the season, Docherty added:
“I was a little bit out of position when the move started but that is the good thing about this team, we all take responsibility to fill in where we need to.
“I saw the ball, got a good first touch on it and from there I was away. Thankfully Keane has seen me to give it back to me and I was delighted to see it nestle in the bottom corner.
“That’s six for me now so far but I’d like to add some more before the end of the season. However, the main thing is where we are as a team because we’ve only had one objective all season and we’re still working towards achieving that.”
There are just five games remaining for the Tigers now as they chase down promotion from League One, and Docherty maintains their one-game-at-a-time approach will continue.
“We’ve still got five tough games to come, so we’ll take them one at a time,” he continued.
“There’s so much at stake, we can’t look too far ahead. We just have to try and control what we can control and not look at the table.
“We’ve got another really tough game next Saturday against Fleetwood. We know what’s coming having played them three times already this season, so we’ll make sure we prepare right to try and get another three points."