Grant McCann has called for his side to show more bravery when Hull City take on promotion favourites Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The boss felt his players were “a bit safe” in their play during the 1-0 home defeat by Derby and wants to see them adopt their usual game against the Cottagers.
“I want us to go into this game with more bravery, more zest about our game,” said McCann.
“We base our game a lot on counter-pressing, reactions. I didn’t see enough of that on Wednesday night. We were a bit sloppy on that. We were a little bit safe in our game.
“We had some good moments, good periods of the game where we got into good areas at the top end of the pitch – four v threes, five v fours – where we didn’t pick out the right pass.
“These are things we need to get better at in this division because when you get those opportunities, you need to take them.
“We’re going to go there, embrace the opportunity, embrace the challenge and see if we can play with more bravery in our game.”
Recently relegated Fulham have made a storming start under former Tigers boss Marco Silva, hammering Huddersfield 5-1 and winning 2-1 at Millwall following an opening day draw with Middlesbrough.
McCann is fully aware of the dangers they pose, with 2019/20 Championship Golden Boot winner Aleksandar Mitrovic a particularly potent threat, but says it’s important not to show them too much respect.
“Fulham are a good team – there’s no getting away from it,” he said.
“They’re a team that will probably expect to win the division. That’s what we’re up against.
“They’ve got good individuals. They’ve kept a lot of the group together from the Premier League and added some to it.
“It’s a tough ask for us but we want to go there and stamp our mark on the game, get those things right that we didn’t show on Wednesday night.
“We’ll respect Fulham because they’re a good team but we don’t want to show them too much respect, which would hinder our performance.
“We want to go there, be really competitive and see if we can take the opportunities when they arise.”