Nick Proschwitz: I'll repay faith of Hull City boss Steve Bruce
NICK Proschwitz aims to repay the faith shown in him by Hull City boss Steve Bruce after his first goals for the Tigers inspired a dramatic victory over Ipswich Town.
The 25-year-old has struggled to justify his £2.6m price tag since arriving from SC Paderborn in July, but a timely end to an eight-game drought saw him emerge as City's new hero.
Introduced as a 70th-minute substitute at the KC, Proschwitz bagged a clinical brace to overturn an unlikely Ipswich lead in stoppage time and fire the Tigers back into the top six.
The German's patient wait on the periphery finally delivered rich rewards and Proschwitz now wants to see the floodgates swing open.
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"Like a lot of strikers, I have had times when you don't score, but then there are times when you may score 12 goals in 10 games or something like that," he said. "That is the life of a striker.
"The big thing for me is the manager here believes in me. When a striker has that, you keep going and the goals do start coming. That is what has happened here at Hull.
"I have been ready for a few weeks to play. I think I have done well as a substitute a few times and now I hope to start soon."
Bruce has hinted Proschwitz will be rewarded for his brace with a first start since August when City travel to Middlesbrough tomorrow night when the Tigers hunt a third consecutive win.
After trailing for over half of the game to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas' opener, Proschwitz converted Ahmed Elmohamady's cross three minutes after his introduction before heading in the winner deep in injury time.
His heroics were the first installment towards a big transfer fee and the centre-forward admits it has taken time to find his feet.
He said: "The Championship is different to Germany. There is not much midfield play. The ball goes forward quickly.
"There are long balls and you have to fight with defenders. It is different but football is football. I have felt like the last few weeks in training have been going well.
"A lot was expected from me when I signed. The fee was very big. But I had a long pre-season and had come to a new country so I knew I would have to be patient.
"I knew I could score goals if I was patient."
Both of Proschwitz's goals were set up by the right-foot of Elmohamady, the fourth and fifth assists of the Egyptian's short spell at the KC.
Proschwitz paid tribute to Elmohamady's role in City's turnaround and hopes their link-up play can continue at the Riverside tomorrow night.
He added: "The two crosses were great. Since the first day, Elmohamady has shown what a good player he is. His crosses are very good.
"Hopefully, I can score the next few goals from crosses by him."