Grant McCann is hoping Hull City can get back on the winning trail in League One when struggling Burton Albion visit the KCOM Stadium.
The Tigers were beaten 2-1 by Swindon in their last league outing a fortnight ago but have since responded with cup wins over Fleetwood and Harrogate, both by a 2-0 scoreline.
And while delighted with those victories, McCann now wants a reaction in the league.
“We’ve got a very good group of players and they’re hungry and determined to get back on a winning trail in the league because that’s our bread and butter,” said McCann.
“The two cup games were a great response from the Swindon game.
“I wouldn’t use it as an excuse but I’d say the travel to Bristol and back and then to Swindon took its toll, particularly in the second half when we looked very leggy.
“It’s been nice this week to not play some of the lads who have played a lot of games and give others a chance.
“Last week, we did something similar leading into the game against Fleetwood, where we got the balance of rest and work right.
“We’ve done it again this week and hopefully we can respond to that Swindon defeat in the league now.”
Opponents Burton are second from bottom and winless in nine league matches.
The Brewers’ preparations have been hit after six first-team players tested positive for Covid-19, with more self-isolating.
McCann insists his side must be on their game and believes Albion have been unfortunate not to pick up more points.
“Performance-wise, they probably haven’t got the results in terms of what they’ve shown,” McCann commented.
“They’ve got good energy in midfield, they can run and get about people in there. They’ve got an experienced head in there in Stephen Quinn, who used to play for Hull.
“In the forward areas of the pitch, they’ve got people who can hurt you, people like Lucas Akins and Kane Hemmings. Niall Ennis scored a few goals last year at Doncaster.
“If you’re not right, you can get beat. It’s no easy game for us – it’s a tough game. We know what they’re about.
“It’s important we make sure we get our own game right and we show what we’ve shown over the last couple of games in the cups.”