Hull FC’s Jake Connor speaks out on brilliant performance against Salford Red Devils

Hull FC’s Jake Connor said he was making up for for lost time with his impressive performance against Salford Red Devils on Saturday afternoon.

Hull’s star full-back, who missed last week’s game against St Helens with suspension, had a hand in seven of the Black & Whites’ nine tries against Salford, with six assists and a score for himself in the 48-16 victory at the MKM Stadium.

“Missing last week was disappointing, so I was hungry to get out there and enjoy myself. I’m not going to play forever, so the games I do miss, I want to make up for them,” Connor said.

“We know we were off it last week and we didn’t have the players out there we wanted. But we’ve had a good week and we’ve looked at Salford really well, and I think we stuck to the game plan and that clearly paid off.

“You want a reaction when you lose heavily, and we saw that. We don’t worry about what we were doing, and stuck to our own gameplan.

He continued: “Salford throw a lot of trick shots but I thought our middles dealt with that well today. They scored a couple of tries off kicks which we can deal with, but they didn’t manage to break us down on the edges which was pleasing.”

On his own efforts, he added: “I think it was six assists. I enjoy setting them up. It’s not just me though – the boys help get me in the position to set them up; we’ve been doing that all pre-season so it was good to execute some of those today.

“I get more of a buzz out of setting them up than scoring.. My favourite was probably the Chris one where I sent him over. I did it twice in training and once in the warm-up too so it was good to see that play come off when I gave him the eye.”

Connor also praised young half-back Ben McNamara for his efforts.

“I thought Ben did a great job today. It’s hard being in and out of the sides, but he has been patient and did what he needed to do for us. He’s progressing well.”

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