Grant McCann believes his side may have to take their performance to another level if they are to continue their winning run in the Championship against Reading.
The Tigers head to the Select Car Leasing Stadium full of confidence after four successive wins against Barnsley, Birmingham City, Cardiff City and Millwall, but McCann says his players have to remain focused on reaching those levels again against the Royals.
“We’re pleased (with the winning run) but that’s not going to help us win on Saturday,” McCann said.
“No matter whether we win, lose or draw, we always prepare the team as best we can and remain consistent in our approach. We know that we have to be at the same sort of level, if not higher, to try and get another three points on Saturday.
“Winning always breeds confidence but we don’t see much of a change here when we’re losing games. The atmosphere at the training ground is always good. We believe in what we’re trying to do.
“We have looked and studied Reading over the last week or two and they are a very good team at this level. They’ve got good experience right through the spine of their team with players like Scott Dann, (Danny) Drinkwater, Andy Carroll, (George) Puskas and John Swift. They are top players at this level.”
Richie Smallwood, Greg Docherty and George Honeyman have been ever-present for the Tigers over the last couple of weeks, and McCann feels that the added competition in midfield will only help improve their performances further.
“The three of them have been outstanding,” McCann added.
“I think Richie (Smallwood) has been outstanding all season. Doc (Greg Docherty) and (George) Honeyman are starting to get to the levels as well now. George missed a few games and Doc takes a bit of time to get going, as we saw last season. Over the past four or five games, I think the three of them have been outstanding.
“The competition is starting to come back for them now as well. Matt Smith is back in training, Tom Huddlestone has had another good week, Andy Cannon is training very well and probably finds himself unfortunate to come out of the team because he was doing well when he was in it. George Moncur is also training well.
“The competition is fierce in that position and the boys know they have to be on their guard and performing week in, week out.”