Two of League One’s promotion hopefuls lock horns at the KCOM Stadium this evening as Hull City host leaders Lincoln City.
Michael Appleton’s Imps are three points clear at the summit, having leapfrogged the Tigers following a convincing 3-0 win at Gillingham on Friday night – their sixth straight away league victory.
Hull City had the chance to reclaim top spot the following day but fell to a surprise 1-0 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Burton Albion.
Grant McCann has demanded a reaction to that disappointing result and wants his side to re-find the consistency that saw them finish January in first position.
“We’ve been in good form since the turn of the year,” said McCann.
“We were nowhere near what we can be against Burton and what we have shown. We’ve just got to get back to it.
“There are going to be results this season – of all seasons – where it’s unexpected. We were on the end of it against Burton and we need to respond.
“It’s a good game for us. It’s probably the perfect game to respond.
“Consistency is the key and we need to get that back.
“We’ve got six games left in this month and February is a big month in any season for a team that is chasing promotion.”
It was only last week that Lincoln visited HU3 for the Papa John’s quarter-finals, a tie the Sincil Bank club won 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
McCann was pleased with the performance during the 90 minutes and has a good idea of what to expect tonight.
“I thought it was a good game,” said the Tigers’ Head Coach.
“It was two footballing teams playing the right way, two teams playing a similar sort of philosophy in terms of the way they approach games.
“For large spells in the 90 minutes, I thought we were really good.
“First half, we got into positions where we didn’t shoot enough. We tried to look for that perfect goal and it wasn’t to be.
“Second half, we were a bit more ruthless. It was a really good goal from Doc (Greg Docherty) to get us back to 1-1.
“I thought we’d won it at the end. If you put that ball across to Keane (Lewis-Potter) 10 times in training, he’d score 10 times out of 10. Whether the pitch played a part or it went under his foot, I don’t know.
“In terms of the performance level, I was really pleased. It gives us a good marker and an indication for this game.”