Hull City

Irvine Confident Tigers Can Bounce Back

12 September 2017
Jackson Irvine is confident that the Tigers can produce a positive response and bounce back when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.

Five days on from a horrible 5-0 defeat against Derby County, Leonid Slutsky’s side will be looking to show their character and Irvine has picked up on some positive signs in recent days.

“The reaction has been positive and I think that started in the second half at Derby,” said Irvine.

“It would have been easy to go into our shell and crumble again in the second half but we didn’t and we at least showed some fight and created some chances.

“The first training session after that showed that we were all going to put that night behind us and focus on moving forward. We need to have learnt from the mistakes that we made against Derby and focus on the next few games.

“We’ve done a lot of tactical work in the last few days to get ready for Wednesday night. Fulham are a very good side and it will be tough for us going away from home again but it’s a great opportunity for us to bounce back.

“It will be a tough night. I think Fulham are a side with a lot of pace and flair going forward. They’ve made a few changes since last season but remain a very good side technically.

“We’ll be aware of all of that but we’ll also be focussing on our own game plan which we want to get us over the line.”

The trip to Craven Cottage continues what has been a hectic period for Irvine. Signed in the final few days of the transfer window, the midfielder was ‘Down Under’ a week ago as part of the Australia squad that secured a World Cup qualifying victory over Thailand.

His return to the UK brought a brief introduction to his new Tigers team-mates before a debut came from the bench against Derby. He is now settling into his new surroundings and hoping a first start in black and amber isn’t too far away.

“That’s the aim but it will be a difficult task to get into the side because we have a lot of very technically gifted players in the midfield area,” continued Irvine.

“I may have to be patient and wait for my opportunity but hopefully the Head Coach sees me as playing a major part this season.

“It’s been nice to have three or four days around the training ground now getting to know the boys and seeing how things work day-to-day around here.

“Football is all about adapting and settling as quickly as possible, and the players and staff here are helping me to do that.”