George Boyd's dream Hull City debut can spark run that seals promotion
HULL City new boy George Boyd wants his dream home debut to mark the start of a pivotal period in the Tigers' chase for the Premier League.
A week after signing on loan from Peterborough United until the end of the season, Boyd needed just 47 seconds to mark his first start for the club with a goal as City thumped Birmingham 5-2.
The 27-year-old ended with a brace – a feat matched by strike partner Gedo – to fire the Tigers to their biggest win in over two years.
Having seen closest rivals Watford slip up on Friday night when drawing 1-1 at Wolves, City quickly bounced back into second spot in the Championship and to within five points of league-leaders Cardiff.
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Boyd, a three-time promotion winner with parent club Peterborough, sees only encouraging signs from his new team-mates, but wants no let-up as they head to Crystal Palace tomorrow night.
"This is the reason I joined to be second in the league and going for promotion, these are exciting times," he told the Mail.
"There are going to be many twists and turns before the end of the season. The key is to get that momentum of winning games. At Peterborough we went 16 games unbeaten at this time of the year.
"March is a big month, if you can get a run in March it sets you up nicely for the end of the season. All the boys are together and that is vitally important at this stage."
Boyd wasted no time in making his mark on the Tigers' season at the weekend.
Handed a first start following a bright debut in the 4-1 loss at Bolton seven days earlier, the playmaker responded with a goal inside the opening minute when rounding Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland. A second followed when drilling low into the corner soon after the half-hour mark.
With Gedo weighing in with a brace of his own and Robert Koren joining the party after half-time, City blew their beleaguered visitors away.
"It was fantastic to score that early and overall the team performance was good," he said.
"I was surprised I was through so early but it came off the cuff. It was natural to take it round the goalie and slot it in and it must be the quickest goal I have scored.
"I had seen Hull early in the season and knew how good they play, but I thought we played some lovely stuff and we linked up well in midfield and worked really well up front."
City's handsome win has them back in the driving seat ahead of a crucial trip to Crystal Palace tomorrow night.
The fixture at Selhurst Park will see Boyd face his boyhood club but having rejected a switch to Palace during the January window, he is expecting a rough ride.
"I am expecting some abuse for not choosing them but I am looking forward to it and have some friends and family going down," he added.
"It was important to get the win and other results have gone for us. If we win Tuesday it will take us further away from Palace."
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