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Magennis: One Game At A Time

12 February 2021

Josh Magennis says that Hull City’s focus is purely on their next task as they prepare to face MK Dons on Saturday afternoon.

Grant McCann’s side currently sit second in Sky Bet League One with 19 games to go, but Magennis warns that the Tigers must remain focused on the next fixture and not look too far ahead.

“Football is swings and roundabouts and you can’t get carried away,” said Magennis. “You want to score in every single game but it’s not a major concern. We’re creating the chances, it’s just about the individual at the end of them trying to take those opportunities and we’re trying every day in training to make sure we do that.

“You’ve got 19 games left and only twelve weeks to go, but our motto this season has been to take one game at a time. I know it’s easy to say, but we don’t look past the team we have in front of us so we’ll deal with the team that we have at hand on Saturday and we’ll be well prepared for that game.

“Scoring nine goals so far has been brilliant, but with football you’re always living in the past and I don’t think it will mean much if the season peters out. If I can stay on nine goals but contribute in other ways to getting us promoted, that will be even sweeter. There’s no point scoring 15 or 16 goals if your main aim of getting promoted isn’t achieved. I’m hoping we can continue to win and I can contribute, whether that’s goals or assists.”

The Northern Irish international has delivered nine goals and five assists across all competitions for the Tigers this season, but was quick to praise his teammates for their contributions and highlighted the importance of the goalscoring threat of the attacking players in the team.

“For me, if I’m trying to go into games where if I’m not scoring, I’m trying to provide an assist,” he said. “I’ve played in teams where you’re relying on one source to score all the goals but the beauty of playing in this team is that we’ve had myself, Mallik (Wilks), Keane (Lewis-Potter), Tom Eaves chipping in with goals. We’ve had people coming up at the right time with big goals and that’s the main thing.

“In our front five, we have a lot of pace and power and we look for those transitions of trying to win the ball as high up the pitch as we can.

“It’s great for the team because you know that you can score at any point and it also means that teams cannot focus in on one player to stop the threat of goals as there’s an array of chances and set pieces that can go in.”

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