Lee Radford says his side have displayed signs of great team character in their last two matches, which has helped Hull FC extend their unbeaten run to five games away from home.
Claiming 23-16 and 31-30 victories over Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons over the last fortnight will hand Hull FC a timely confidence boost heading into the Derby tomorrow.
However, all form is considered ‘irrelevant’ ahead of tomorrow’s Derby clash with arch city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers tomorrow (12.45pm kick-off).
But Lee Radford suggests his side will be tough to beat if they can perform with a similar level of tenacity against The Robins tomorrow.
“The two games that we have played away from home in the last fortnight have been real Rocky Balboa wins,” he said.
Radford explained: “If you looked at us at half-time and at periods in the second half during those two games, we were down on the canvas.
“So to get back up and bring the game home, like we did on both occasions, is a real credit to the team.”
Following back-to-back wins on the road, the Airlie Birds sit joint-third in the Super League table. Hull will be looking to build a strong run of form over the Easter period to challenge the top sides.
Radford, who knows all too well the ferocity of the Hull Derby, is expecting nothing other than another bruising encounter at the KCOM Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
In his press conference, he explained the importance of his side getting off to a positive start against Hull KR to assist in building a bouncing atmosphere inside the ground.
“There are games where the noise and the support from the home fans will really help you get off to a good start, and sometimes the only way to create that atmosphere is for us to be better and get them off their seats,” Radford said.
“The players certainly don’t need any motivation to get up and ready for the Derby and I would certainly like to think that both sets of supporters don’t need much, either.
“When you’re inside the ground as the two teams come out of the tunnel, you can barely hear yourself think. It’s one of those moments where the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.”
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