Hull City boss Steve Bruce says enjoyment and togetherness key to Tigers' confidence
STEVE Bruce will urge his Hull City side to capitalise on their boundless confidence when they chase a fourth consecutive win at Leicester tomorrow.
The Tigers are enjoying their best start to a season since 1993 under Bruce and three impressive victories on the spin has catapulted them towards the summit of the Championship.
After impressive home wins over Bolton and Millwall either side of the international break, a 3-2 success at Leeds on Tuesday confirmed City's role as one of the early pace-setters.
A reunion with former boss Nigel Pearson is next up for Bruce's men and he believes the buoyant mood evident within his camp should be used to their advantage.
"There's nothing quite like confidence in a footballer or a team, and at the moment we're brimming with it," Bruce told the Mail.
"I've watched them in training and they're lively, sharp and enthusiastic. It's everything you want in your squad with a bit of laughter and spirit amongst them.
"They look as though they're really enjoying themselves when you watch them and the tell tale signs have been when we score.
"You see every single one of the players joining in the celebrations. Without that spirit you're going to be in trouble, but I'm delighted that they're all sticking together here."
Bruce has wasted little time in stamping his mark on the Tigers and his bold 3-5-2 shape will again be deployed as he bids for a fifth win of the season tomorrow.
The current sequence, with three or more goals scored in three consecutive games, represents the club's most prolific form for almost two decades and underlines City's intent to push for a place back in the Premier League.
Leicester, who boast a 100 per cent record at home this season, will pose another threat to City's progress and Bruce knows only another big performance will maintain their breathless run.
He added: "I must stress that it's only just the start. It's been a good start but with the winter upon us, it's about staying injury-free and getting a rub of the green.
"The players will be reminded of that by me before the game that's for sure.
"What's gone in the past few games has gone now and we know we'll have to be at our best to get something at Leicester."
City will today check on the fitness of Robert Koren and Seyi Olofinjana before travelling to the East Midlands.
Koren (thigh) is expected to be fit, but Olofinjana may have to settle for a place on the bench. Paul McKenna is available after a three-match ban.
"The one we're looking at is Koren," said Bruce. "He's picked up a little bit of a knock on his thigh, but we think he should be okay.
"Olofinjana will have a test and there's a possibility he could be involved. Seyi is 50-50 for this weekend, but it's not as bad as we first thought.
"I won't take any chances, not with a muscle injury."
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