Northampton Town boss Keith Curle fully expects Saturday's opponents Hull City to be challenging at the top end of the division this season.

The two teams were two divisions apart last term but City's relegation and Town's League Two play-off final victory means they share a division for the first time since 2003/04.

Ahead of the clash, Curle told Town's website: “Hull have a very good squad with a very good manager and they have got a lot of things stacked in their favour to be able to challenge at the top end of the division.

“We are very respectful in our approach to every opposition.

"We are always diligent in the work we do and ultimately we know we have to stop the opposition from playing to earn the right to play.

“We pride ourselves on the work we do, if we see a weakness we try to exploit it and if we see a strength we try to nullify it.”

Curle has a major selection headache ahead of the Sixfields clash - last weekend's win at Shrewsbury was achieved despite being without TEN first team players.

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He is hoping that several return to face City.

He added: “We are in a difficult stage of the season where we are trying to get the players into that robust physical condition.

“We are going to get knocks and injuries but that’s why you have a squad and we showed on Saturday that we could still put out a competitive team."