David Meyler has urged his team-mates to put their first defeat of the season behind them by securing a positive result away at QPR.
The Tigers ended up on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline against early Championship pace-setters Wolves on Tuesday night, bringing an end to the Club’s 15-game unbeaten run on home soil in the second tier of English football – a run which included an impressive ten wins.
Meyler insists there is no need to panic after just one defeat but knows the importance of producing an instant response when they head to Loftus Road to face Ian Holloway’s side at the weekend.
“That has to be the plan,” he said. “From my experience in the Championship, you have to move on quickly after a defeat.
“The games come thick and fast at this level, especially now we’re in the Carabao Cup as well, so we always have to be focused on the next game, which is at QPR on Saturday.
“Yes it was disappointing to suffer out first defeat of the season, but no-one here is panicking whatsoever. There were plenty of positives for us to take from the way we performed on Tuesday night.
“Performances like the one we produced against Wolves – especially in the second half – will stand us in good stead. If we can maintain the level of performance we showed in midweek then we’ll be right up there challenging at the top.
“As I say, we were disappointed to lose to Wolves, but we’ve got a chance to get back to winning ways on Saturday and that is exactly what we want to do.
“Loftus Road is always a tough place to go. It’s a tight pitch and they will no doubt give us a hard game but, with the ability we’ve got in the squad here, I’m confident we’ve got enough to go there and get the three points.”
Meyler made his third substitute appearance of the season against Wolves as he continues his quest to return full match fitness after missing the majority of pre-season with a knee injury, and the Republic of Ireland international is aiming to get more minutes under his belt at Loftus Road and in next week’s Carabao Cup Round Two trip to Doncaster Rovers.
“Having been out for four months, I’m just trying to get back to a level that allows me to fly around for a full 90 minutes,” he added.
“I’m slowly getting there. I’ve been pleased with the minutes I’ve got under my belt so far, but I’ll be looking to get more at QPR on Saturday, and our Carabao Cup tie away at Doncaster Rovers next week.”