Steve Bruce will challenge his Hull City side to maintain the high standard of performance shown in the win at Newcastle United when West Ham United visit the KC Stadium on Saturday.
The Tigers have been impressive so far this season and produced a fine display to win 3-2 at St James’ Park last weekend and Bruce wants his side to meet those standards again in a key home game against the Hammers.
“We’ve hit a high standard, so the challenge for us is can we keep that standard?” said Bruce.
“That has to be our aim. Can we keep producing the level that we’ve been able to reach for the last five or six weeks?
“Every week we’re pitting ourselves against really good teams, really good players and really good coaches. This is the stage you want to perform on.
“We’ve got West Ham on Saturday and whenever you play against a Sam Allardyce side you know what you’re going to get.
“I think he sometimes gets unfair publicity about the way his teams play and if you look at what he’s done over the last ten or 15 years in the Premier League, you know you have to be at your best to beat him.
“They’ll be committed, organised meticulously and really difficult to play against. They’ve got a really good squad of players so it will be a hard test.
“Our home games are going to be critical and we’re playing well at the minute. Like I said, the challenge for us is to keep the standard.”