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Smallwood: We’ve Set The Standard

26 January 2021

Richie Smallwood believes Hull City’s performance in the 4-0 thrashing of Portsmouth should be the benchmark for the rest of the season.

The Tigers romped to their biggest victory of the campaign at Fratton Park, against a Pompey side who were unbeaten – and had not conceded – in their previous six matches.

Grant McCann’s men lead the way at the season’s halfway point, although the promotion race remains congested.

In order to stay ahead of the chasing pack, Smallwood says his side must strive to emulate their Portsmouth display.

“We want to try to keep on improving,” said Smallwood.

“The performance on Saturday sets the standard, and if we can reach that standard most weeks we will keep winning matches and reach our end goal.

“We know what our aim and our end goal is, and we’re just taking it game by game as we have done all season.

“We tick each game off as it goes and we’ll look to put another three points on the board on Tuesday night to keep moving ourselves forward.”

Grant McCann’s men will pit their wits against John Coleman’s Accrington Stanley this evening – just a week after the sides met at the KCOM Stadium.

The Tigers ran out comfortable 3-0 winners that night, thanks to goals from Mallik Wilks, Gavin Whyte and Josh Magennis.

But Smallwood has warned that Stanley – just four points off the play-offs in tenth – will feel they have a score to settle.

“I’m sure Accrington will be looking for revenge after last week,” he admitted.

“They’re at home this time so that will be a factor in it – it will be a different test to what it was at the KCOM.

“They’re full of energy in midfield and run all over. We saw that in the first half last week so we’re going to have to be ready for that.

“We have to be on our game and, if we are, there’s no reason why we can’t secure another positive result.”

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