Grant McCann says his players are determined to head into the international break on the back of a win as they prepare to host Middlesbrough at the MKM Stadium.
After the Tigers salvaged a point against Blackpool courtesy of a late equaliser from Tom Eaves, McCann is hoping his side can build on that result by going one better at the weekend. As for Middlesbrough, they secured a morale-boosting win against Sheffield United in midweek after a disappointing run of results.
“I think they’ve been up and down a little bit, but they’ve shown their credentials,” McCann said.
“They can beat anyone in this division.
“They’re an experienced team - they’ve got players who have played in this division for many years.
“They beat Sheffield United earlier this week who were one of the form teams.
“It’s going to be a tough game, but we’re at home and we want to finish this little spell of games that we’ve had with a win.”
Saturday’s game will see experienced manager Neil Warnock take his place in the opposition dugout, and McCann says he has a lot of respect for his opposite number.
“I’ve come up against his teams a few times,” McCann added.
“He’s a very experienced manager and has done an incredible job wherever he’s been, so for me it’s a privilege to come up against someone like Neil.
“We know what we’re going to come up against, but it’s about what we do really.”
The Tigers faithful in attendance at the MKM Stadium on Tuesday were crucial in helping the team comeback to secure a point against Blackpool, and McCann says the team are working as hard as they can to send them home happy on Saturday.
“The fans have been great,” McCann added.
“I think they see that we’ve got a young team here.
“Some of them are learning on the job given that it’s their first experience of playing in the Championship.
“They are only going to get better from it.
“There’s only one way for us to go and that’s up.
“I believe that’s going to happen.
“The fans have been great and the more they stick with the players, I think we’ll see the fruits of it.”