Hull City

Honeyman: We’re Ready For Tough Run

18 October 2019
George Honeyman says he is looking forward to a testing run of fixtures – starting with Queens Park Rangers’ visit to the KCOM Stadium.

After taking on Mark Warburton’s side, the Tigers face Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion in their following four second-tier matches ahead of the final international break of 2019 next month – with Honeyman insistent he and his team-mates are raring to go.

“Our next five games are all against really tough opponents,” he said.

“But listen, every game is tough in the Championship. If you’re ever so slightly off the mark then you’re going to get punished in this league.

“Looking at the fixture list, we’re facing some big, big clubs. Yes, it will be tough but I think we’ll thrive off that.

“You can’t not when you’re playing teams like Nottingham Forest, Derby County and West Brom. We want to go out and prove why we should be a team that people talk about.”

Saturday sees Grant McCann’s side – fresh from the October international break – host a QPR outfit looking to continue a fine run of form that has brought five wins in their previous seven league games, including a 4-2 victory over Blackburn Rovers last time out.

The Tigers, in contrast, are unbeaten in three on home soil but will be eager to put a frustrating 3-0 defeat away at Huddersfield Town firmly behind them when taking on the R’s.

But Honeyman knows the team will have to be at their best if they are to secure a return to winning ways at the first time of asking.

“Every team in the Championship is going to provide you with a tough test – home and away – and QPR will be no different on Saturday,” he added.

“They’ve got a few of players who are really good at finding the pockets and we’re going to have to try and nullify their attacking threats.

“It’s also important that we make the most of our own threats as well – ensuring the likes of ‘Jaz’ (Jarrod Bowen) and Kamil (Grosicki) are let loose at the other end of the pitch.

“We’ve worked on a way of playing which we think can hurt QPR. We know we need to be at it right from the off but I’m confident we can bounce back and produce a good reaction, especially so with how positive training has been this week.

“It’s never nice going into the international break on the back of a defeat. It seems to linger a little bit but we’ve had a really good week of training.

“It’s been nice to have the international boys back with us for the last two days and the aim is to bounce back at the first time of asking.

“We’re professional footballers and we don’t need to be told that what we produced last time out wasn’t good enough.

“Hopefully the KCOM will be rocking and we can go out and right a few wrongs from the Huddersfield game.”