Hull City picked up their first victory of the season last night, triumphing 3-2 away at Rotherham United.
The Tigers came from behind to go 3-1 up and survived a late scare, holding on for the last 15 minutes with just a one goal lead.
The star man for Hull was midfielder Jackson Irvine, who netted twice on their way to victory.
The win moved Hull above Rotherham and now gives them four points from their opening four matches.
Here, FLW assesses Irvine’s display by analysing his performance in numbers and judging how vital he is for Hull this season.
Irvine hit two goals for Hull last night; firstly, the equaliser and then the strike which gave Hull a two goal cushion for a while.
His first goal was expertly taken as he arrived at the back post to volley his chance into the top corner with a decent measure of control and accuracy.
Irvine once again popped up at the back post just two minutes in the second half and when the ball was laid across to him by Jarrod Bowen, he side-footed his chance past Marek Rodak to extend Hull’s lead.
Overall, the Australia international was a major threat, scoring from two of his three shots, providing three key passes for team mates and using his tall frame to win seven aerial duels.
There is room for improvement. Irvine’s passing was not up to scratch for a midfielder, completing just 54% of his 43 attempted passes.
But the 25-year-old is going to be so important for Hull this season, whether they end up in a relegation battle or push higher up the league table.
Irvine is a strong midfielder who loves to bomb forward and join the attacks.
While he is far from the finished article, he will only improve with more game time and a starring role in the Hull midfield.