Altidore pleased to break duck
08 Feb 2010 - 08:52:02
Hull City loan striker Jozy Altidore was delighted to finally score his first Premier League goal in the valuable 2-1 win at home to Manchester City.
The 20-year-old USA frontman, on loan from Spanish side Villarreal, had previously failed to find the net in 17 league outings for the Tigers, having struggled to adapt to the fast pace of the game in England.
He told the Hull Daily Mail: "The speed and the pace is huge. I feel like I'm finally getting there and hopefully I can keep it going.
"It takes time to adjust, especially when you are a young player.
"It is not really the style which has been hard to come to terms with, more that it is a very fast league, you have to read it and understand it."
Tigers assistant manager Brian Horton also paid tribute to Altidore, adding: "He needed that. His displays have been good, but to get his first league goal is just what he wanted and he was a handful all round.
"He's a young lad and we've probably heaped a lot on him, but he's shown glimpses of what people have bought him for.
"He's got pace, he's got quite a lot of things going for him. We're just pleased we spotted the opportunity to bring him here."