The Tigers can keep their fine run going and close the gap on the top six with victory at Carrow Road
Hull City head coach Liam Rosenior believes suggestions that his side is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Championship are not too far from the mark.
Since taking over in November, the Tigers have lost just twice with Saturday’s shut-out at Stoke City a third clean sheet in a row with their form seeing them ease away from the relegation zone to within five points of the top six.
City have conceded just nine goals in those games in stark contrast to the defensive troubles they had before his arrival, leading to suggestions that teams are beginning to pay them more respect, and fear facing them.
Stoke changed their shape on Saturday to go with five at the back and went man-to-man on City, in what Rosenior described as a show of respect to his side and their resurgence.
The Tigers are at Norwich City on Tuesday night looking to make it four games unbeaten and close the gap on the top six with 14 games left, and Rosenior believes his side are now showing what a strong outfit they are.
“I don’t know if I’m a judge of that,” Rosenior said when asked if City were now a team to fear. “Look, I don’t worry if we’re a side to fear, I just want to make the team the best that I can make it from this position.
“That’s for other managers and people outside of our group to make that point but thank you for that and you can write it if you want because I’ll take it all day. If you say that we’re a side to fear then that would be great.
“The energy and the spirit in the team at the moment is really good at the moment. We’re a very, very difficult team to break down and that’s half of the game.
“When I’m analysing it (the Stoke game) I want us to be better with the ball, I want us to be braver. When we’ve shown in periods and in games, our qualities with and without the ball we are a very good team at this level.
“There’s things that we need to improve, as always and not get carried away, but at the same time, we need to keep building on what we’ve been doing because we’re becoming a really strong team.”
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