Keane Lewis-Potter admits automatic promotion is a step closer following Saturday’s comeback victory over Fleetwood Town.
The 20-year-old scored what proved to be the winning goal at the KCOM Stadium, adding to Josh Magennis’ leveller nine minutes earlier, after Kyle Vassell had broken the deadlock in the first half.
City’s 25th win of the season and ninth in 11 games sees them move 11 points clear of third-placed Sunderland, who were beaten 1-0 at play-off chasing Blackpool.
In the opening 45 minutes, City were below-par against a vibrant Fleetwood side in fine form of their own, but a gritty, professional display in the second period did the job for the Tigers.
“We were nowhere near it in the first half, by our standards anyway. We were a bit slow, a bit sloppy in places,” Lewis-Potter admitted.
“In the second half there was a massive turnaround and we’re one step closer, it was a great three points.”
Lewis-Potter revealed Grant McCann’s message at the break was simple, to raise their levels and have a go at Town.
“We all knew individually that we could step it up in the second half, and the gaffer told us that,” he said.
“He told us that we’d been in the position before, 1-0 down, and we turned it around.
“We know the quality in the dressing room that we can do it and it was massive for us to do that.”
The Tigers could seal promotion on Tuesday night should they beat Sunderland and other results involving Lincoln and Blackpool go their way, but there’s the small matter of the League One title up for grabs, with this victory moving the leaders three points clear of Peterborough United.
City have four left to play while Posh have five – their game in hand is against out of form Doncaster on Tuesday week – but the desire to win the remaining four still burns bright, says City’s young talisman.
“Our aim is to win every game, we’re more than capable of doing that – 11 in a row is big for us but we’ve got to keep that up now, we can’t take our foot off the pedal.
“Every game we’re getting closer and we have to keep at it.”