Hull City face a tricky test on Tuesday evening, when they take on Leeds United at Elland Road.
Leeds are currently sat second in the Championship table, whilst Grant McCann’s men are 12th in the second tier standings after 20 games.
Speaking to Hull’s official website, Jackson Irvine acknowledged the threat posed by Marcelo Bielsa’s side, with the Whites well in contention to achieve a long-awaited promotion to the Premier League this term.
“We know it’s going to be an unbelievably tough game away from home against a team that is bang in form.
“Elland Road is a tough place to go but I’m sure it will be a brilliant atmosphere under the lights. It’s a challenge that we’re all looking forward to.”
But the midfielder was quick to state that his team believe they can get a result against the promotion-chasing Whites, with Hull picking up some notable wins earlier this season against the likes of Fulham and Preston North End.
“We’ve shown we can compete with just about any team in this league. We just have to believe in our ability as a group. We believe in what we are trying to do. We know that we can compete and we are capable of winning.
“We’ll primarily look at ourselves, our own systems and philosophy’s that we think we can utilise to put the reins on them and cause them problems in the final third.”
A win could see Hull go level on points with Sheffield Wednesday if other results go their way on Tuesday, but it won’t be an easy game by any stretch of the imagination against Leeds.
It’s going to be one of their toughest games of the season, that’s for certain.
Leeds are in an excellent run of form at the moment, and they’re likely to have the majority of the ball, so Hull will have to take any chances that come their way.
Irvine has been in good form himself though this season, and Hull have shown glimpses of their quality going forward at times this season.