Grant McCann is relishing tomorrow night’s top-of-the-table clash with Portsmouth at the KCOM Stadium.
The Tigers lead the way in League One with 34 points from 17 matches, two points clear of Kenny Jackett’s Pompey in second.
The south coast club have been beaten in the play-off semi-finals in the last two seasons, and McCann believes it will be a good test for his team.
“It’s a great game,” said McCann. “We’re a week away from Christmas day, it’s Hull against Portsmouth, a top-of-the-table clash.
“It’s where we want to be. We set out to be up and around the top end of the league and we are, with the halfway point not so far away.
“It’s a good game, two good teams – two teams I believe will be in and around it come the end of the season.
“It’s another challenge for us. Playing against Kenny Jackett teams over the years, they’re always strong, defensively well organised and they’ve always got people at the top end of the pitch that can hurt you.
“We know what they’re all about and they’re a good team – well organised, well drilled and we’ll have to be good to win.
“It’s a good marker for us because Portsmouth have been in and around the top end of the league for a few years.
“They’re probably disappointed they haven’t got out of it but they’ve come close.
“We’ve got a good group of boys here and we’re looking forward to the game.”