Hull City

Honeyman: The Belief Is There

07 July 2020
George Honeyman insists Hull City have shown they have the belief needed to maintain the Club’s Championship status with their recent performances.

After picking up a point in the six-goal thriller away at Birmingham City, the Tigers then ended their frustrating 13-game wait for a win when beating Middlesbrough on home soil courtesy of Mallik Wilks’ timely stoppage-time winner.

And although that mini-revival was ended with the 4-2 defeat against West Brom last time out, Grant McCann’s men more than matched the automatic promotion contenders at The Hawthorns and were perhaps unfortunate not to come away with a share of the spoils.

And Honeyman is confident more positive results will come if he and his team-mates continue to play as they have been.

“The pleasing thing from the last few games – against Birmingham, Middlesbrough and West Brom – is that we’ve looked capable of winning all three.

“We’re going into games with a real belief now and feeling like we’re going to pick up points and win games, which is massive, and long may that continue.

“There’s a good feeling in the camp going into tomorrow’s game against Bristol City and, if we can maintain our recent performance levels, we’ll only climb higher in the table.”

The Tigers have also been back among the goals of late, scoring seven times in their last three outings. It is a feat that they last achieved back in late November/early December – and Honeyman was quick to highlight the importance of maintaining their newfound proficiency in front of goal.

“We’ve looked a real threat going forward recently and that has been a huge positive for us all.

“I don’t want to allude to it too much but, with the Charlton game, we probably could’ve played three 90-minute games that day and still not scored.

“Our response – scoring three times against Birmingham and then scoring twice against both Middlesbrough and West Brom – has been emphatic though and just what was required.

“In fact, against West Brom at the weekend, we could’ve actually scored five or six with the chances we created, which is no mean feat against a side challenging for automatic promotion.

“It’s something we’ve worked hard on as a group – staff and players – and long may it continue.

“If we can keep showing our quality in the final third then we’ll give ourselves a chance of winning every game we play.”

A trip to Ashton Gate is up next for the Tigers in a game that represents the start of a new era for Bristol City following the departure of long-serving head coach Lee Johnson in the aftermath of Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Cardiff City.

It was a result that extended the Robins’ winless run to nine games – with Honeyman keen to inflict further misery on the hosts in BS3 tomorrow night.

“Bristol City are a big club in the Championship and it’s going to be yet another tough game for us,” he continued.

“Whenever any club – at any level of the game – sacks a manager, it’s usually predicted that the team will have a good response and embark on a bit of an upturn in form.

“It’s up to us to meet the challenge and prevent that from happening on Wednesday night. We’ve got to go out, perform as we have done in recent games and make sure we’re the ones that come away with the positive result.

“Everyone is looking forward to the test and our sole aim is to pick up the three points. We know how important it is to string together a positive run of results at this stage of the season and that is the target in these last five games.”

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