Hull City Tigers

Henriksen: We Are Ready For ‘Boro Test

12 April 2019
Markus Henriksen insists Hull City are fully prepared for Saturday’s trip to play-off rivals Middlesbrough.

In what has been a busy week of Sky Bet Championship action, the Tigers registered back-to-back league victories with a 3-1 win over Reading last Saturday followed by a 2-1 success against Wigan Athletic on Wednesday night.

And despite the quick turnaround for this weekend’s trip to the Riverside Stadium, Club captain Henriksen is adamant his team will rise to the occasion.

“It’s a quick turnaround having played on Wednesday night against Wigan but we are ready,” he said.

“We know it’s going to be another tough test but I think we will get to see more of the ball at Middlesbrough because of how they like to play.

“Every team under Tony Pulis is very direct – with lots of long balls and second balls. It’s going to be a real battle but we are up for the fight.

“We’re coming up against one of our rivals for the play-off spots with them being only one point and two places above us in the table, so it is a big game. We are looking forward to it though.

“Middlesbrough will be the favourites. Everyone thought they would be automatic promotion candidates this season and people thought we were going down, so we have nothing to lose whatsoever.

“We’re still very much in the race for the play-offs. We know it’s going to be tough but we’re going to do everything we can over the next five games and see where that takes us.

“This is my third year at the club and the spirit has never been better than it is in the dressing room right now. We are all in this together and we are all motivated to keep on going. It’s five more finals and we just have to enjoy this ride.”

Henriksen is also hoping a large away following at Middlesbrough could provide the Tigers with a twelfth man on Teesside.

More than 800 tickets have been sold advance of the game but, with pay on the day in operation at the Riverside, there’s a good chance that number could swell into four figures – with the Norwegian international insisting the support of the black and amber faithful genuinely does aid the players.

“As I say, the spirit and atmosphere in and around the Club is very good as we approach what is a vital stage of the season and I think the fans have played a huge part in that,” he added.

“The fans have been excellent all season – they really do give us something extra with their support – and the backing we’ve received away from home in the last couple of months has been fantastic.

“That shows the fans are satisfied with what they are seeing from the team – and that’s great.

“It would be fantastic to see the team backed by another large away following at the Riverside on Saturday. Hopefully, they can be our twelfth man once again.”

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