Keane Lewis-Potter felt Hull City executed the game plan to perfection in the comfortable 3-0 victory at struggling Peterborough United.
Shota Arveladze made four changes and switched formation to 3-4-2-1 for the trip to Grant McCann’s Posh, with Lewis-Potter and George Honeyman playing behind frontman Tyler Smith.
And the alterations paid dividends as Smith scored his first Championship goal and Lewis-Potter netted a superb brace as City responded to the Barnsley defeat in comprehensive fashion.
“It was absolutely huge we reacted and responded from Barnsley,” said Lewis-Potter.
“At home against Barnsley, we were nowhere near good enough and deserved to get beat. It was massive for us to react and we did that.
“It was always going to be a difficult one. They’re down there in the scrap as well.
“Grant and Cliff (Byrne) going there, they know us as players and as a team. It was always going to be a tough one but I’m glad we got the three points.
“We had Richie (Smallwood) and Doc (Greg Docherty) sitting in there (in central midfield), and me and George were inverted wingers, number 10s.
“We wanted to crowd the midfield. That’s where we knew we’d get the ball and once we broke away with it, I could exploit the wide areas where they left the space. We executed it perfectly.”
The 21-year-old ended a six-game scoreless streak with his beautifully taken second-half double, taking his tally for the season to nine in all competitions.
“The first one, it broke to me,” Lewis-Potter explained. “I saw Doc coming in from one side and I just thought, ‘Nah, I’m taking this!’ I just hit it and thankfully it found the bottom corner.
“A two-goal lead can be tricky at times so to get that third one and wrap the game up was massive for us.”
Smith’s close-range finish was his first league goal in black and amber, and Lewis-Potter was delighted for his teammate.
“For every striker to get on the scoresheet and get your first goal is massive,” he said.
“It gives you so much confidence going into the next games and I think Tyler will start to kick on now and get more and more goals.”