Hull City defender Di’Shon Bernard admits operating with a defensive trio in the win over Middlesbrough made the Tigers feel more secure.

City traditionally operate with a four across the back, but boss Grant McCann opted to make a tactical tweak two weeks ago against Boro, and it paid dividends in securing a first win since the opening day of the season, even if his side have perhaps performed better in previous outings and been beaten.

McCann’s men return to action this weekend against Huddersfield Town on Saturday and the head coach will travel to west Yorkshire with a near full strength squad to pick from at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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Bernard, who came back into the side two weeks previous will almost certainly keep his place this weekend whatever system McCann opts to go with, given the absence of Alfie Jones through injury.

“I thought it was good, I felt we were more secure,” Bernard told BBC Humberside. “If me or Greavsey drove forward with the ball, we knew that Alfie (Jones) or somebody else was there covering.

“It was really good, it’s just a shame Alfie came off injured, and though I’m sure he’ll be back soon.

“A back three or a back four, everyone is comfortable to play in but was definitely good to play in a back five and get the win.”

Lewie Coyle returns from suspension while Callum Elder is back after injury swelling McCann’s options, whether he goes with a three and two wing-backs or the more customary four, the Manchester United loanee is relaxed about whichever tactics will be employed against Town.

“I think it depends on the opposition, we’re comfortable playing both and we can change it if we want to, it’s good having that flexibility.”

Hull City's Di'Shon Bernard in action for City against Boro

Victory at the John Smith’s Stadium would see City secure back-to-back wins in the Championship in almost two years, and Bernard is expecting his side to build on that win last time out.

“It was good, it’s another confidence booster for the team and making sure we feel secure at the back again

“It’s a bit too early to say, you can’t write anyone off at the start of the season, it can change in the blink of an eye.

“With this win now, we could go on and win many more and nobody would be talking about the bad start we had, we will hopefully kick on from this.

“Everyone is focused on the next game, you can’t dwell on one bad loss, and you’ve got to think about trying to win the next one and the next one, results will come, you just have to be patient.

“I’m 100 per cent confident that we will continue to move up the table.

“If one loss comes we know we have to bounce back and get the win in the next one.”

Huddersfield have been one of the season’s surprise packages so far and sit on the cusp of the top six with three wins in their last four at home.

And having been susceptable to conceding from set-plays this term, Bernard says McCann and his staff have been working the players hard to prepare them for what will likely be a target for their hosts on Saturday afternoon.

“We know their threats, we know they’re not a bad side, they’re a good side so we know their threats and how to deal with them, hopefully we can show what we’ve got.

“We need to be more solid as a unit, hopefully the win we’ve had now makes us more solid home and away, we need to stop goals going in and score more in the other net.

“I know set-pieces have been a problem for us, it’s something we’ve been working on and hopefully we can sort it out as quickly as possible.

“Everyone knows in football you have tough patches, in the end you have to keep going and better days will come.”

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