HULL, United Kingdom- Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine insists there is enough quality and depth in the Hull City FC squad to cope with the forthcoming hectic schedule.
Tomorrow night’s trip to Middlesbrough is the first of six games in just 19 days, with the game at the Riverside followed by back-to-back Yorkshire derbies against Sheffield United and Barnsley on home soil and a trip to Ipswich Town before completing the run with another KCOM Stadium double-header as Millwall and Norwich City visit East Yorkshire.
Such a relentless schedule will inevitably test any side – and Irvine is in no doubt that every member of Nigel Adkins’ squad will get a chance to play their part as the Tigers look to find the results needed to drag themselves away from the relegation battle at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table.
“We know this period coming up is huge,” said Irvine. “I said four or five weeks ago that every game was a Cup final and that still applies.
“This will be our fourth away game in a row and then we have a couple at home. Friday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday is a tough schedule but we have to adapt. We have a good squad here with depth.
“Everyone is going to be needed because we are going into a vital, vital time. These next few weeks will define our season and everyone has to chip in and play their part.
“The Chelsea boys come back in after missing Friday. There are a couple of other boys coming back, it was good to see Kamil back on the bench along with ‘Daws’ in the team.
“We are getting stronger and stronger. Abel (Hernández) is training now, too, so that has to be a positive thing. We need experience and quality, guys who have played at the top level. That is why having the guys back is so good.
“Lads like Harry Wilson and Max Clark, and myself to an extent, can only benefit from playing with those experienced players. These pros can lift the whole team.
“Just when you look around the dressing room and see the strength of the squad, it gives that little lift and belief.”
“What we have to do now is build on our performance away at Nottingham Forest last time out – starting at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.”
-Material used to compile this report sourced from official Hull City FC website, read more here