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Ingram: ‘A great effort from the lads’

16 February 2022

Matt Ingram was full of praise for the defenders in front of him after Hull City held play-off chasing Sheffield United to a scoreless stalemate.

The 28-year-old made smart one-on-one stops to foil Oliver McBurnie and Iliman Ndiaye as the Tigers dug in to frustrate Paul Heckingbottom’s Blades and keep a 10th clean sheet of the season.

“It was a great effort from the lads,” said Ingram.

“To a man, I thought we defended really well. Credit to the lads in front of me.

“With set-pieces, I don’t think they got a shot on target. If they did get a shot, a header, they were under pressure and couldn’t put it on target.

“Everyone did their defensive duties. They got a few opportunities and I was there to do my job.

“It’s a good point. Coming here, you get a point, it’s fantastic. At the end, it was almost a shame we didn’t win it with the chances we had.

“But before the game, we would have taken a point.”

The draw opened up a 13-point gap over the bottom three but Ingram insists the primary aim remains survival.

“Our first goal is to stay in the division – get 45-50 points and get that as soon as possible,” he said.

“Once we get that, hopefully within the next however many games, we can look further up the table. But our first goal is to get safe.”

The glovesman has started the last four matches in Nathan Baxter’s absence and is pleased to be back between the posts after three months out of the side.

“I was obviously disappointed to come out of the side but it’s nice to be back playing,” he said.

“I’ve got my opportunity again and I feel I’ve been steady.

“As a goalkeeper, you just want to be a six or seven out of 10 every week and almost go unnoticed and hopefully that’s what I’m doing.”

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