Grant McCann believes self-belief is growing within his Hull City squad following a strong start to the season.
The Tigers have recorded two wins from two in League One and also secured penalty shootout victories over Sunderland and Leeds in the Carabao Cup.
And McCann says the players are feeling good about themselves heading into tomorrow’s match at Keith Curle’s Northampton.
“Confidence is a big thing in football,” said McCann. “Winning the first four games – we won two on penalties but we still got through in the cup games – has given the boys a bit of self-belief.
“They’re looking forward to every game that comes. Every game is so different in this division.
"You saw two different types of games in Gillingham and Crewe, and again, on Saturday at Northampton, it’s going to be a completely different game.
“The boys understand this league is very, very tough but the confidence is good at the minute.
“The boys are enjoying coming to training, playing the games and enjoying that pressure of trying to win games.”
City had to dig in to beat Crewe last weekend and McCann is again anticipating a tricky fixture against another newly-promoted side.
“Northampton are very aggressive, on the front foot,” McCann added. “Their formation is hard to play against and they’re happy to defend one v one and two v two. I think it’s going to be a very exciting game.
“Keith is a very good manager and he’s done a tremendous job at Northampton. We know it’s going to be a very tough game.
“Like any team that gets promoted, they’re used to winning. The togetherness is there. You almost feel invincible each week when you go and play against other teams because you know how to win.
“You’ve got to be ready for the challenge, ready to stand up and fight, win first and second balls. Hopefully we can give them a good game and come away with the three points.”