Head Coach Grant McCann believes the key to a successful December period will be keeping his Hull City squad fit and keeping the players away from the injury table.
The Tigers played their first of eight games as a hectic December schedule got underway with a 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday night, and McCann knows that the full squad can play its part during this period.
“We’ve got to try and stay as injury free as we can,” he said. “We’ve only really picked up one bad injury so far. Callum Jones probably being the worst as he’s going to miss three or four weeks. Up to this date, we’ve been good. We’ve been robust and the injury table remains quiet, just little knocks and niggles but players are getting through games with them.
“It’s important that we keep this squad as fit as possible, it’s going to be key for us. I know I always enjoyed busy periods as a player. If you ask any footballer, it’s all about the games. They just want the next match to come along, especially when you’re in good form and confident.
“We’re going to need the squad during this period, there’s no question about that. If we’re going to keep ourselves around the top end of the table, everybody is going to be needed.”
McCann also highlighted the impact that his Hull City players have had from the bench in recent weeks, with James Scott and Tom Eaves both coming on as substitutes to net goals during the Tigers’ last three league matches.
“You just have to look back at the last few games in particular,” said McCann. “Ipswich away - the subs have come on and made an impact, even at MK Dons you had Scott and Eaves coming off the bench and winning us the game. And then you look at Doncaster, the subs have come on and changed the dynamic of the match to win us the game.
“It shows that everyone is going to be needed regardless of who starts, who’s on the bench and who’s not in the squad. I think every member of this squad understands that.”