Goalkeeper Matt Ingram has been speaking about the confidence and personal belief he has taken from being Hull City’s regular man between the posts this season.
Ingram has played in 28 of the Tigers’ 36 league games this campaign and has been delighted by his run in the side, especially after making just one league appearance last term.
“It has been really enjoyable for me, especially with the team doing well,” said Ingram.
“On a personal note, I’ve been frustrated for the last couple of years sitting on benches and only playing a handful of games here and there. It has been nice to be in the team and to get a run of games.
“The biggest thing playing week in and week out does is it gives you confidence. There’s only so much you can do in training in terms of keeping on top of things and practicing, but nothing can replace matchday confidence and having the confidence in yourself to do things on a matchday. From that perspective this season has been brilliant for me.”
Ingram has been in fine form, too. The 27-year-old has kept 14 League One clean sheets so far, making plenty of key saves along the way, including a big one to keep his side in front against Oxford United last weekend.
However, the stopper was keen to praise those in front of him for their role in the shut-outs and particularly the centre-back pairing of Reece Burke and Jacob Greaves.
“I’ve been extremely impressed with Reece and Jacob,” he continued.
“They’re both still only young lads. Jacob is still only 20 and to step into the side at the top end of League One – it’s been seamless really. Both of them have been rocks for us at the back this season.
“We’ve been very good defensively and we’ve been putting our chances away at the other end during this recent run. Everybody is chipping in with the goals and assists – I think everyone apart from myself and George Long has weighed in with at least one or the other this season. We’ve been putting our chances away and killing teams off and that is what we need to keep doing."