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Smallwood Frustrated By Lack Of Goals

25 October 2021

Captain Richie Smallwood cannot put his finger on why the Tigers are struggling in front of goal.

The 1-0 defeat at Luton Town leaves Hull City third from bottom with nine points and nine goals from 14 league matches this season.

Tom Eaves and Greg Docherty failed to make the most of presentable second-half openings as the Tigers rallied in the final 20 minutes of the narrow reverse at Kenilworth Road.

And Smallwood was exasperated by his side’s inability to score for a sixth successive away game.

“I thought first half we weren’t quite at it, conceded another goal early,” Smallwood admitted.

“Second half, we showed some character, like we’ve shown in most games, to come back and create chances and create open goals, which we don’t seem to be taking and we’re struggling to understand why.

“Whether it’s confidence or what, I’m not sure. But it’s got to turn because it’s not just chances we’re creating, it’s open goals.

“We’re in every single game. We’re not just in the game, we’re actually creating chances to actually win the game. In some cases, we’re being the better team throughout the 90 minutes.

“I’m struggling to understand why we’re not taking these chances because we know we’ve got goals in the team.

“That’s something we’ll have to keep working on. We’re sticking together.

“We came out second half fighting and we should have had two open goals and it didn’t happen for some reason.

“I’m struggling to understand why we’re not converting these chances because they’re unbelievable chances.

“It’s only a matter of time before that changes and the sooner the better.”

The experienced midfielder has called for unity as the Tigers bid to turn their fortunes around.

“We’ve got to stick together,” said the 30-year-old.

“It’s no good fighting with each other, it’s no good pointing fingers, it’s no good arguing, not working hard for each other, not talking to each other, not helping each other.

“We’ve got to stick together, like we’re doing, and we’ll continue doing, and hopefully keep creating these chances and hopefully put them in the back of the net. I’m still confident, we’re still confident.”

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