Three points, an assist and man of the match – it was little wonder Ryan Longman was a happy man after the victory over Birmingham City.
The 21-year-old looked lively throughout his 71-minute outing and assisted George Honeyman’s opener which paved the way for a 2-0 win, with Mallik Wilks nodding home the second.
“Getting back-to-back wins is a great achievement, especially in this league,” said Longman.
“For me personally, getting the minutes was brilliant, and getting man of the match topped it off.
“I think a goal is coming for me but getting an assist and getting the three points is the main thing and building on this performance going into the next game.”
There was more than a hint of controversy about the first goal, with the ball appearing to run out of play before Longman cut it back for Honeyman to tap in.
While admitting the Tigers benefitted from a stroke of luck, the Brighton loanee felt it was about time a decision went his team’s way.
“It was an interesting one – there were a few decisions made in that game!” he smiled.
“From my perspective, I played to the whistle and I still got the assist, which I’m happy with.
“I think it might have crossed but you’ve got to play to the whistle and the only whistle I’ve heard is the referee saying it’s a goal.
“I was just thinking, ‘get the ball in the box’. I’ve done that and then it’s up to the referee to decide whether it’s out or not.
“It’s that rub of the green. We’ve had it against us, now we’ve had a little bit go for us.”
Longman was handed his first league start since September in an unfamiliar left wing-back role, and revealed he only discovered he was playing two hours before kick-off.
“It was about one o’clock I found out that unfortunately Callum Elder had gone down with illness,” he said.
“The gaffer pulled me into his office and asked me to do a job and that’s what I was ready for.
“I hadn’t played there in a while but I’m here to do a job and that’s what the gaffer asked me to do and I tried my best to do it.”
After a stop-start few months, Longman feels he has now shown what he is really about.
“It’s been hard for me from the start with the Covid situation and picking up a couple of injuries with my groin and not getting a good go at it," he admitted.
“I stamped my ground a bit against Birmingham and I’d say it was my best performance in a Hull shirt.
“I think it was just a matter of time before I started kicking on and Birmingham was a good performance for me to do that.”