Hull City manager Grant McCann has called on his players to respond to their disappointing loss at Barnsley by beating relegation battlers Stoke on Saturday.
The Tigers boss lamented his team’s display as Hull lost 3-1 at basement side Barnsley in a surprise loss following an encouraging run of form which has put them in the picture for promotion.
The loss saw them drop to 12th and with a game against 23rd-placed Stoke this weekend, McCann is calling on his players to respond by putting the Barnsley loss to one side and grabbing three points against the Potters.
Speaking to Hull Live, he said: “We have to respond. We are against another team at home who are in and around it at the bottom at this present time.
”It will be a big game for us. Stoke have got good individuals and a good manager in Michael O’Neill and it will be another tough game.
”We have done it a couple of times where we have got ourselves in a position to kick on. But like I always say, once Monday morning comes, it’s has gone.
“We can switch onto the next game, games come thick and fast over this period of time.
“We have got a free week now where we can have a bit of rest over the group in the early part of the week before working hard again trying to rectify what we have done at Barnsley.”
Ahead of the fixture, McCann revealed that he has given Australia’s Jackson Irvine and Poland’s Kamil Grosicki extra time off as they prepare for international duty which presents with it a hefty amount of fixtures.
He said: “They will have a couple of days and we have done that predominantly with the international boys, giving them a couple of extra days when the players are in because we are all aware that they have probably played four to five games more than anybody else.
“We do manage people in a certain way because everyone is not the same, but both of them have been outstanding for us this season, they really have and it is important that we try and keep them in a good place.”