Grant McCann says his side have benefitted from the two-week international break as they prepare to face Swansea City at the Swansea.com Stadium.
The Tigers will be looking to build on their goalless draw against Bournemouth just before the international break, while Russell Martin’s Swans will be aiming to bounce back from a disappointing defeat away to Preston North End.
“For us, we’ve had a lot of important players missing over the past four or five games,” said McCann.
“As for Swansea, it’s a transitional period with a new manager going in there.
“I think both clubs will see an improvement after the international break.
“Hopefully it’s us that comes out on top on Saturday and their improvement comes after that.
“They got beat in the play-off final last year and there are probably only two or three players who have left, but they’ve replaced them.
“Russell (Martin) has got a way of playing which we saw last season at MK Dons.
“It’s a very unique way of playing and it takes time to work on it.”
The Tigers haven’t come up against the Swans since they met at the MKM Stadium in February 2020. The two sides played out an eight-goal thriller to draw 4-4 on that occasion, but McCann isn’t keen on a repeat of that scoreline.
“I don’t think my heart could handle it!” McCann commented.
“We understand that we’ve been a little bit goal shy over the last three or four games.
“We’ve got a lot of lads who are playing for the first time in the Championship.
“They are going to need time to adapt but we’ve got full belief that they will.
“We’ve also had injuries that haven’t helped us either.”