Grant McCann admits he’ll have players banging on his door desperate to play in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup third round tie at West Ham United.
Hull City ’s reward for a stunning display at Leeds United on Wednesday is a trip to face David Moyes’ Hammers at the Olympic Stadium, and his side will head to the capital in good heart after securing their third straight win on Saturday with a 1-0 success over Crewe.
McCann, who made two key tactical changes in the second half to help his side see off a stubborn Alex, will likely have a fully fit squad to pick from, aside of longer-term absentee Tom Eaves.
With the manager likely to make a number of changes as he did at Elland Road, he says he’ll assess the mood of his players on Monday, though he expects them all to want to be a part of the squad in Stratford.
“The same squad that was here (for Crewe) will travel to West Ham, we’ll look at the freshness of the group and see who can go again, we’ll see who is ready to go at West Ham,” said the Tigers boss.
“We’ll judge it over the next couple of days and see how they recover after this and see how they are (on Monday).
“Of course (they’re banging on the door).
“It’s a lovely place, I’ve not been there before and I think everyone’s looking forward and going to enjoy that occasion.
“It’s almost a free-hit for us; nobody thinks we can go there and win so we’ll go and enjoy it, we’ll go and have a go like we did against Leeds and see where we go.”
Despite the glamour that the fixture in London will generate, with the prospect of another Premier League away tie in round four, McCann has again stressed the importance of the league programme, and picking up valuable points.
No sooner will City have returned from London, they’ll be back on the M1 again, this time heading to Northampton next Saturday, when they’ll come up against another of the promoted sides in Northampton at Sixfields.
“The most important thing, and I’ll keep stressing, will be the game at Northampton next week which is going to be another difficult game – and a completely different test to what you’ve seen (against Crewe) in terms of their style of play,” McCann said of Keith Curle’s Cobblers.
“That’s this league for you.
“You go from one team which likes to play direct to one which likes to pass the ball around you like Crewe, and then you end up the following against a team which likes to go direct and has a certain style of play which gets them winning.
“You’ve got to be ready for them.”