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Coyle: ‘I’ve shocked myself with that strike!’

14 January 2021

Lewie Coyle admitted he surprised himself with his spectacular 30-yard strike which earned Hull City a thrilling 3-2 victory over former club Fleetwood.

After fighting back from two goals down to level thanks to quick-fire close-range efforts from Mallik Wilks and Keane Lewis-Potter, the Tigers went on the hunt for a stoppage-time winner.

A corner from George Honeyman – who was involved in all three goals – was cleared as far as Coyle, who took a touch before thundering an unstoppable right-footed effort into the top corner.

It was the right-back’s first goal for his hometown club and completed a stirring fightback as Hull City progressed to the last eight of the Papa John’s Trophy.

And although the 25-year-old opted not to celebrate out of respect for his former employers, he was unable to hide his delight afterwards.

“It was the last seconds of the game and the ball came out to me,” Coyle explained. “I took a touch and it just sat up nicely so I just thought, ‘why not?’

“It was head down and strike the ball as hard as I can, like you do as a kid. Luckily for us, and for me, it went in. I won’t be trying it all of the time now, though – I can assure you of that!

“I wouldn’t say it was extra sweet because it was against Fleetwood. I had three unbelievable years at Fleetwood, hence the reason why I didn’t celebrate out of respect.

“But it was obviously very nice to score my first goal for my hometown club. I didn’t quite picture it coming like that, though – I’ve shocked myself with that strike!

“It’s gone in and won us the game so everybody’s happy.”

It looked a long road back for the Tigers when Wes Burns’ deflected shot made it 2-0 eight minutes into the second half.

But Coyle hailed the mentality of his teammates in refusing to accept defeat.

“We were 1-0 down at half time and probably deservedly so,” Coyle admitted. “We regrouped and knew we needed to be better in certain areas.

“I thought we started the second half brightly but then they got a second against the run of play and you start to wonder if it’s going to be one of those nights.

“However, I think we’ve shown the character we have in this squad to come back and win the game late on.

“It’s a massive credit to the lads that we’ve got inside the dressing room.

“All three goals came from set-pieces in a way. We all know that George Honeyman has got a fantastic delivery – he’s shown that all season.

“Him coming on gave us that extra bit of quality at set-pieces, and he knows the lads are going to get into the areas they need to be to make the most of it.

“Two goals were direct from corners and the last one came from the second phase of a corner. It’s a great weapon to have and one that we’ve used very effectively.”

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