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Magennis Aims To Build On Recent Form

9 April 2021

Josh Magennis says Hull City must build on their Easter weekend success as the race for promotion from Sky Bet League One continues with a trip to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

The Tigers took six points from games against Crewe Alexandra and Northampton Town to extend their unbeaten run to nine matches, but they now face another tough test against a Plymouth side that have the joint-third best home record in the division.

“They were two massive wins for us in the context of where we are at the moment,” said Magennis.

“At this stage of the season you’ve got different teams playing for different things, so the kind of team you faced earlier in the campaign compared to what you face now aren’t necessarily going to match up.

“Obviously everyone wants to play well every week, but at this stage of the season winning is the most important thing and especially for us as we’re looking to get promoted. You don’t want to play well and lose, you just want the points to be coming thick and fast.

“We’ve hit form at a good time. Football moves in circles. We were flying high and then we had a bit of a sticky period, certainly in terms of scoring goals, and then we came alive again. We’ve got six games left and, as we have done all the way through, we’ll just take it one game at a time.

“We’re not looking past the Plymouth game on Saturday. It’s been a great run for us so far with seven wins and two draws in the last nine, and hopefully we can carry that on.

“There’s only three or four weeks to go now and we want to win promotion, but we can only achieve that by continuing with what we’ve done so far. Our routine hasn’t changed, training hasn’t changed because we want to keep the continuity.

“If there is a pressure on us it’s a good one because the position we’re in is the one you want to be in as we push for promotion. We’re embracing it and looking forward to it because we’re pushing for something big.”

Magennis is currently enjoying the best season of his career in terms of goals scored with 12 to his name so far in the league and he puts that down to the team he is playing in.

“I think it’s probably down to playing in a team that suits my style of play,” added the Northern Ireland international.

“I know the gaffer likes his number nine to get involved with the play to try and free up some space for the wide men and that’s kind of the expectation that he’s put on me. He wants me to be the pivot point between the sticks really and for me to try and be in the box as much as I can.

“I’m in a team where my team-mates constantly create chances and it’s not a case of wondering when the next one will come along. You gain confidence from scoring and the more you score, the more you probably bust a gut to get into the right areas for the next one."

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