Matt Ingram says that maintaining the kind of defensive solidity shown over the last couple of weeks, and over the season overall, will be important as the race for promotion continues.
The Tigers have conceded just once in the last four games, and have kept 17 clean sheets in League One this season, and, ahead of this Saturday’s home game against Oxford United, goalkeeper Ingram has been speaking about his side’s defensive efforts.
“The number of clean sheets this season has been really good,” said Ingram.
“That’s not just down to me, it’s the team in front of me and George Long has also kept a few so it really has been fantastic. Hopefully we can get a few more before the end of the season.
“I think it’s because everybody is doing their job. Everybody is taking responsibility with their role and marking up their men. They know that if they don’t mark up, if they don’t track runners, if they don’t do their defensive work then it will cost us as a team. Credit to the lads in front of me because they have done really well.
“We just need to continue what we’ve been doing, and especially what we’ve done in the last four games. We need to be solid and we need to be putting our chances away. If we do that then we’ll be putting ourselves in a great position.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game against an Oxford side that recently enjoyed a 13-match unbeaten run, Ingram added:
“It will be a very tough game against a really good footballing side. They play with a very high press so we will have to be good to play around that. We just need to play our game and maintain that defensive solidity."