Grant McCann says his side are determined to turn their fortunes around as they prepare to travel to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday to take on Stoke City.
The Tigers are looking to respond to back-to-back defeats against Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United, while Michael O’Neill’s Potters will be looking to build on their midweek win against Watford in the Carabao Cup.
“We’ve had a really good week,” said McCann.
“It’s given us an opportunity to reassess where we are and for us to have a look at the areas where we need to improve.
“It’s been good to get a lot of work done on the training field this week.
“We just hope that we can now turn some of these defeats into wins.
“The last two defeats have been disappointing for us.
“We felt we played quite well against Blackburn and didn’t get anything out of it, and then against Sheffield United we just weren’t good enough to win the game.
“At the minute, it’s just not falling our way.”
The Tigers will be hoping to record their first win against the Potters at the bet365 Stadium since September 2016. The Potters currently find themselves sat in the play-off places in the Championship, but McCann is confident that his side can go there and get a result.
“They’ve started the season quite well,” McCann added.
“Michael O’Neill had an abundance of players when he first arrived there because of the changes in manager that they have had.
“I think he’s now settled down and been able to get his own squad together and his own way of playing.
“We’ve watched quite a bit of them so we know what to expect.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game but we’ll go there and try and get a result.”