Steve Bruce tells his Hull City side to match their early standards
HULL City manager Steve Bruce says his side must match the standard set in their 3-1 victory over Bolton if they are to maintain their good start to the season.
Sitting in fifth place after four games, Bruce has been happy with his side's start to the new campaign, although he has stressed it is still early days.
And he says a three-game period in eight days, in which a home clash with Millwall is followed by trips to Leeds United and then Leicester City, will give a good indication of where they stand in terms of the early front runners.
"It's a big week ahead, but it's typical of the Championship in that you get one tough game after another," Bruce told the Mail.
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"We have Millwall, then Leeds in midweek before heading to Leicester, and they are all difficult games.
"We have made a good start because, when you looked at our start to the season, it was always going to be tough.
"We have done okay, but we are not going to get carried away.
"Hopefully, we can produce to a similar standard of that against Bolton to keep the momentum building, because that is what will be needed."
Having seen a number of players return from international duty at the tail end of this week, Bruce will now closely monitor their fitness.
New boy Ahmed Elmohamady should be fit to play against Millwall after Egypt cancelled Tuesday's friendly visit of Cameroon because of safety fears.
Corry Evans played the full 90 minutes in Northern Ireland's 2-0 loss to Russia last week, but was an unused sub as they drew 1-1 against Luxembourg in their World Cup qualifier.
Keeper Ben Amos will return having kept a clean sheet for England in a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan, before being an unused sub in the 1-0 win against Norway on Monday.
Paul McShane is doubtful because of sickness.