Guilfoyle Happy To Help The Team
Rob Guilfoyle was eager to spread the plaudits across the Hull City Under-18s squad after his starring role in Saturday's 6-2 home win against Bolton Wanderers.
The first-year scholar netted a hat-trick to help the young Tigers convincingly see off the Trotters, ensuring 2019 began in ideal fashion for John Anderson and Terry Boyle's youngsters.
Speaking after the game, Guilfoyle said: "I’m just glad that I was able to help the team with three goals. I was very happy because we won the game and everyone played well.
"I think we were all delighted with the performance and the way we bounced back from what had been a tough first half of the season.
"We came back in after the Christmas break with a real determination, trained well and to pick up a 6-2 win and start afresh in 2019 was really pleasing.
"We know we still have room to improve though. It was great that we went four-nil up but to concede twice was frustrating. It was two sloppy goals for us to concede and Terry (Boyle) and John (Anderson) highlighted the importance of keeping going and not taking our foot off the gas at any stage."
Reflecting on his first hat-trick at U18 Professional Development League level, the youngster added: “Obviously I'm delighted. I think it’s really good for the team as well because I'm learning how to combine with and play to other players' strengths.
"The first one would have to be my favourite of the three - finding the top corner was really pleasing.
"I'm definitely claiming the second goal even though it took a deflection. It was going in anyway, so I'll definitely take it.
"Being honest, my penalty wasn't the best, but I was lucky the rebound came to me and thankfully I was able to stick it away.
"To score three goals and win the game was a brilliant feeling. I won't be getting carried away though - it's onto the next game now against Wigan in the FA Youth Cup.
"Hopefully we can continue to work together as a team and build on the Bolton win. We'll be targeting a clean sheet and, if we can do that, we'll know we'll give ourselves a chance.
"And hopefully I can contribute in front of goal again to help the team get the result we all want."