Hull boss Liam Rosenior admitted he felt nervous before the 1-0 Sky Bet Championship win over Millwall.
There was a feelgood factor around the club after a successful transfer window saw the likes of Fabio Carvalho, Ryan Giles and Anass Zaroury arrive at the MKM Stadium.
Rosenior was keen to keep momentum going and the Tigers did just that, securing a second consecutive victory courtesy of fit-again winger Jaden Philogene’s fifth-minute strike.
“It was a really pleasing day because I was fearful before the game that there had been so much positive news surrounding the club,” Rosenior told the club’s official website.
“As a manager, sometimes, that makes you a little bit nervous; I didn’t want us to be complacent and all of the noise we needed to filter out.
“Some of our football in the first half was excellent and it’s great to be able to say we can improve after winning a game of football.”
Rosenior handed Giles and Zaroury their debuts following their loan moves from Luton and Burnley respectively.
“In terms of the first-half performance, other than really having teeth and finishing off Millwall, there were some really good signs – for Anass, his first game, Ryan Giles, his debut, and Jaden’s first game back in two months,” he added.
“I wanted the second goal because I felt our energy levels would tail off naturally.
“Overall, delighted to win the game and a lot of positive signs in the way we want to play – the understanding, the connection between the players.”
Millwall improved after the break and Zian Flemming and Tom Bradshaw almost nicked a point.
Lions boss Joe Edwards bemoaned his side’s first-half display.
Edwards told the club’s official website: “Very much a game of two halves in terms of our performance. We didn’t play well in the first half.
“They get a dream start after four minutes, albeit a sloppy error from us around the box, but someone hits an absolute rocket against the bar and it rebounds to their player and he finishes really well.
“They really grew in confidence and they are a team that loves to drift around the pitch and play good possession.
“They are a good footballing team. That is why they are up that end of the division, and we respect that.
“But we had our moments to take the sting out the game, as we have done in other games in recent weeks, but we didn’t do it and we were a bit sloppy.
“Second half we were a lot sharper in what we were doing, we were cleaner on the ball.
“In that final 20 minutes we were a lot clearer of what our idea was supposed to be, using our wing-back and switching play, and we had more about us.”