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Long Impressed With All-Round Display

20 January 2021

George Long was impressed with his side’s performance at both ends of the pitch in the 3-0 win over Accrington.

Mallik Wilks, Gavin Whyte and Josh Magennis scored the goals as Hull City moved to the top of League One.

It could, and probably should, have been more convincing, with the Tigers registering 18 attempts – seven of them on target.

Long’s goal was rarely threatened – the visitors mustering just two shots on target as Grant McCann’s men recorded a 15th clean sheet of the season.

And the 27-year-old keeper, who has started the last four league matches, was full of praise for an accomplished team display.

“It’s great to be back playing and it’s great that the lads have been pushing towards the top of the league and the win has put us back there,” said Long.

“I haven’t had a great deal to do since coming back in but it’s not bad to get a clean sheet as a goalkeeper and the lads in front of me were fantastic.

“The fact that we should have won by more is probably a positive and negative.

“We created loads of chances which is fantastic and we’ve scored three goals so you can’t really grumble, but we had numerous opportunities to maybe score more.

“Sometimes it just doesn’t quite fall right, but I don’t think anyone can argue with a 3-0 win.

“The shape of the team was fantastic and we limited Accrington to very few opportunities.

“I think they had one shot in the second half which was fairly easy to deal with and I felt we dealt with their set-pieces really well.

“They’re a big team so they were always going to be a threat from those. To deal with that and get first contact on a lot of balls was important.

“It was a good team performance.”

The win was Hull City’s joint-biggest of the season and came against a Stanley side on the fringes of the play-offs, having upset the likes of Charlton and Peterborough this term.

But Long insists his team – unbeaten in five since the turn of the year – can still get better.

“I think there is more to come from us as a squad,” Long added.

“We’ve won 3-0 against a good Accrington team. We knew how they operated and the strengths they had, and we’ve come away with a 3-0 win thinking ‘we could have won by more’.

“There’s always tweaks to be made after each game and there’ll be things we look at in terms of what we could have done better and what we can improve for the next game.

“There’s a lot more to come.”

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