11:49 9th August 2014
Curtis Davies believes his side will benefit from their early start to the campaign when the domestic season gets underway next weekend.
Two legs of European football mean that the Tigers are already in the habit of playing competitive matches with Davies seeing that as a positive on two fronts.
“It’s been good to get these two games under our belt in terms of the style of playing in Europe,” said Davies.
“But they have also been good for our fitness. It’s all well and good playing pre-season games, but having been in two games like we have, and especially the one on Thursday where we were chasing it and needing to score that extra goal, there’s nothing like that.
“I call it playing for points and it was all about making it through to the next round. Luckily it worked out for us.”
Davies also feels that the Tigers’ strength of character, so much in evidence throughout last season, is still well in place after they fought back from a goal down to beat Slovakian side AS Trencin at the KC on Thursday night.
“We showed character and it was a good experience for us as well,” added Davies.
“We could have got frustrated when they started slowing the game down, but we kept our eye on the task in hand and managed to get it done. It was cup football and it was all about getting through to the next round.
“Hopefully we can have a few more European nights under the lights at the KC, but this was only the third qualifying round, so I’m guessing the Play-Off Round will be even tougher.”