Date: 20th February 2018 at 7:59am
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Jackson Irvine has said he remains confident that Hull City have both the quality and the depth in the squad to come through the next crush of fixtures as we look to move up the Championship table and away from the relegation places under head coach Nigel Adkins.

Sitting in 21st place in the table just one point from the bottom three, Hull City go into tonight’s clash against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium knowing it marks a run of six games in only 19 days and Irvine is keenly aware that the table could look far more pleasing come the end of that period.

With two Yorkshire derby’s to factor in – Sheffield United and Barnsley – it will test us, but the Australian is buoyant ahead of the game.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media on Monday to preview the game, he explained.

‘We know this period coming up is huge. I said four or five weeks ago that every game was a Cup final and that still applies. This will be our fourth away game in a row and then we have a couple at home. Friday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday is a tough schedule but we have to adapt. We have a good squad here with depth.’

Irvine went on to say that the whole group would undoubtedly be called upon, so players not getting regular action had to be ready to roll their socks up and stake a claim.

‘Everyone is going to be needed because we are going into a vital, vital time. These next few weeks will define our season and everyone has to chip in and play their part. The Chelsea boys come back in after missing Friday. There are a couple of other boys coming back, it was good to see Kamil back on the bench along with ‘Daws` in the team. We are getting stronger and stronger. Abel Hernandez is training now, too, so that has to be a positive thing. We need experience and quality, guys who have played at the top level. That is why having the guys back is so good.’

With experienced players returning from injury now, Irvine knew that the youngsters, and even he, could only benefit from training alongside them, even if a couple weren’t yet ready for first team contention – it all helps bring the group on.

‘Lads like Harry Wilson and Max Clark, and myself to an extent, can only benefit from playing with those experienced players. These pros can lift the whole team. Just when you look around the dressing room and see the strength of the squad, it gives that little lift and belief.’

He ended by saying.

‘What we have to do now is build on our performance away at Nottingham Forest last time out – starting at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.’

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