Hull City

Batty: Fully Prepared

02 July 2020
Dan Batty insists the importance of this evening’s home game against Middlesbrough is not lost on any member of the Hull City squad.

The Tigers head into the televised clash buoyed by the point gained from Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Birmingham City, a result which saw Grant McCann’s men end a frustrating five-game losing run.

Batty, however, insists the only focus ahead of tonight’s encounter is on securing a return to winning ways and picking up what would be a vital three points in the Club’s fight for survival.

“We need to take the positives from the Birmingham performance and go again against Middlesbrough tonight,” he said.

“Results haven’t been going our way but confidence is high and we know that we need the three points this evening.

“It’s an important game and we’re well prepared for what’s to come. We know it’s going to be a physical battle and we need to be ready for that but we also need to be ready to do our thing as well.

“It’s all about sticking together and working hard as a group as we look to produce a performance good enough to get the win we all want so much.”

Batty has been given a starting role in both of the Tigers’ games since the 2019/20 campaign restarted and the Academy product – who now has 60 first-team appearances to his name – is eager to retain his place in McCann’s side for the remainder of the campaign.

“There’s a lot of competition for places, especially in midfield, but I’m determined to stay in the team,” he added.

“I’d have liked to have played a bit more than what I have done this season, but it’s good that I’ve come back now. Once you get the opportunity to play, you want to keep it for as long as you can.

“I’m fit and ready to go. The gaffer has seen that and put me in the team so I just want to progress and play as many games as possible out of the seven we have left – and help the team get some good results in the process.”