Grant McCann is pleased that his players now have an opportunity to freshen up their legs and to do some important work on the training ground over the next few days.
For the first time since the first week of January, the Tigers have no midweek fixture and Head Coach McCann feels that this can be an important and useful time for his squad as they prepare for the final ten games of the season.
“Hopefully us being able to get some work in on the training ground as well as a bit of rest into the legs will help us for the run-in,” said McCann.
“I think we’ve got one more midweek game as it stands which is against Sunderland next month. We’ve played the most games in the division because of what we have done around the training ground in terms of making sure that everyone has followed the protocols.
“It has put us into the position we’re in now in terms of being able to give the boys a bit of a breather, and getting some work into them again.
“We stay calm and we stay focussed because this has been a season full of Saturday, Tuesday football and I don’t think people necessarily understand just how relentless it has been for the players.
“We’ve been so good in terms of the protocols around the training ground, and so good in terms of the players doing things right, that we have a week with no midweek game and we can give the players a bit of a break whilst also getting a bit of work into them on the training ground as we go into the final ten games. We’ve put ourselves in a good position for the run-in.”
And McCann has again emphasised the importance of taking things one game at a time with less than two months of the season remaining.
“All we do is focus on the next game which is Shrewsbury away on Saturday,” he added.
“If we can continue with the calmness and maturity that we’re showing, and the resilience to keep the ball out of our net along with the ruthless edge at the top end of the field, then we’re giving ourselves a good chance. All we’re focussed on is Shrewsbury."