Assistant manager says Potters will face a real challenge this weekend...
PAUL HART says Hull City’s recent upturn in fortunes hasn’t surprised him in the slightest.
The Potters travel to Humberside to take on a Tigers side who have dramatically transformed their fortunes on the back of seven victories from their last 10 outings - a run of from which has catapulted them into the play-off picture.
The Potters’ assistant manager knows Tigers boss Nigel Adkins and admits that in the experienced 53-year-old, they have a man who is more than capable of helping this weekend’s opposition maintain their impressive sequence of results.
“I know Nigel and he is a very experienced manager who has been up and down like we all have so it doesn’t surprise me he can organise a team to get results,” Hart told the media in the build-up to the fixture.
“I think they have one or two good footballers in their team which allows them to play. They also have experience to help the young players. What Nigel has had is time to do his work."
“The way I view the Championship is that every game and opposition you play is tough.
“You not only have to be technical but physical in this division - the rewards at the end of it demand that sort of competition and approach.
He added: “You have to take note of what the opposition do yes, but I’m from the sort of school that when we get to the point where we can look after ourselves properly that is when the opposition start looking more at what we do and wonder what’s going on.
“That’s what we do - concentrate on our own performances and how we set up.”