HULL CITY: We know Fryatt is a fantastic player, says Barmby
NICK Barmby lauded the attacking threat of Matty Fryatt after the Hull City striker ended a 10-game goal drought to inspire a 3-0 win over Bristol City.
Fryatt was the star of the show at the KC Stadium as he bagged his first goal since December 3.
Netting the third and final goal in the Tigers' biggest win of the season, the striker called time on his worst run of form since joining for £1.2m in January 2011.
Barmby was thrilled to see Fryatt's persistence pay off and has faith it can be the first of many.
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"That's been coming and we're all pleased for Matty Fryatt," said Barmby, who was able to toast his 38th birthday with a win.
"We believe in him as he's a fantastic player and a great fella. He deserved that and all the lads are chuffed for him. He looked very strong. People don't always see the build-up play in Matty Fryatt but he's a very important player for us.
"It's not a case of putting an arm around him and saying 'Keep going, Matty, we love you' because he knows what we think of him.
"He's mentally strong himself and I've not seen any drop off in confidence.
"He knows what he can do as a footballer and that tells me all you need to know about him."
After the previous weekend's trip to Portsmouth was a victim of the cold weather, City returned to action with a bang to reclaim their place in the Championship's top six.
With 10 points from a possible 12, the Tigers are back up to sixth ahead of tomorrow's crucial trip to third-placed Birmingham City.
First-half goals from Jack Hobbs and Robert Koren were the platform for City's biggest home win since May 2008.
"There was no real difference to the way we played against Doncaster other than us getting the early goals," Barmby said.
"A result like that has been coming and the way we played again was first class. The passing, the movement, the commitment were all outstanding.
"Early goals can settle any team down, young or old, and it certainly did that for us."
Bristol City boss Derek McInnes had no complaints about the result but was critical of the KC pitch.
"It's the worst pitch we've played on this season," he said. "I don't think it's doing Hull any favours.
"They did well to get the game on, but they've got a lot of good footballers and it might have an impact in the weeks and months ahead because it's only going to get worse."
* CITY have no fresh injury concerns going into tomorrow's trip to Birmingham. Seyi Olofinjana, who was not named in the matchday squad against Bristol City, will hope for at least a place on the bench.