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Wilson Ready For Tigers Test


MARC WILSON says he and his teammates are itching to bounce back from their sub-standard performance against Aston Villa last weekend when they travel to the KC Stadium tomorrow afternoon.


The Potters make the long trip north to Hull eager to record maximum points having been frustrated by the Villans in the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season opener seven days ago.


Austrian international Andreas Weimann delivered the killer blow to Mark Hughes' side with a second half winner, and whilst Wilson admits the players are still hurting from the defeat he insists they are determined to get things back on track in front of the live television cameras.


"It was a set-back for us, and we are all still hurting from the result. We just weren't able to hit the levels we hit last season, both as a team and on a personal level, and that was frustrating," the Republic of Ireland international told Stoke City Player.


"We had come through a good pre-season, added a number of new players to the squad and we were really expecting to start the season better than we did do.


"So for us then to have produced the kind of performance that we did was a real kick in the stomach to be honest.


"It's a disappointment we are determined to bounce straight back from however, and we have a real chance of doing that against Hull this weekend.


"We know that we need to be better, and we know that we have to learn from the mistakes we made last weekend. We are itching to get those three points on the board."


The Tigers come into this weekend's fixture on the back of a Europa League Play-Off defeat against Belgian side Lokeren, and the defender feels that their busy schedule may play into the Potters' hands.


"It can be difficult for teams because there is a lot of travelling and it can affect the body and mind. It is a lot to take, especially if it is something new to you," he added.


"I think they only had two of their regular starters play in the game last night, so that could help them I suppose.


"We played in the competition a few years ago and we found it difficult after each of our games in the Europa League. It isn't easy.


"Hull have a very good side though, they have a good manager and good players, so I am sure they will be ready for the game on Sunday."


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