Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky is hoping his side can maintain the form they showed before the international break when the Tigers travel to Derby on Friday night.
A 4-0 victory over Bolton on August 25 came at the right time for Slutsky and his men, who had lost three on the bounce in all competitions prior to that victory.
There were seven players from Hull representing their countries during the international break, and now the Russian has his squad back together, he wnts to ensure they perform well when they head to Pride Park.
He said: “We played well against Bolton last time out, but I hope we will play each match better and better.
“Derby are strong and experienced. They are a very good team and all players are experienced. But like every team, they have strengths and they have weaknesses – we will try to use their weaknesses.”
Slutsky confirmed all of his new signings could be available, with Markus Henriksen back fit, and Fraizer Campbell, Evandro and Ondrej Mazuch being examined in training.
The Rams suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss to last season’s League One champions Sheffield United before the break.
Manager Gary Rowett has stated that there will be changes made to the side that will face Hull, and looks set to hand Tom Lawrence a first start for the club.
Rowett told Rams TV: “He was a key signing for us during the summer and he brings goals to the side, so we want to see him.
“What better way to see him than on Friday night at home against Hull?
“He will be desperate to get out there and impress following his international exploits with Wales. We will see if he can add something different to the team.
“Myself and the fans, I am sure, will look forward to seeing him play.”