FORMER Sunderland midfielder David Meyler says Hull are braced for the backlash of the Black Cats’ derby victory this weekend.
Sunderland secured a first Premier League victory of the campaign and back-to-back wins over Newcastle United when they triumphed 2-1 at the Stadium of Light last Sunday.
Meyler, who left Sunderland in a £1.5million deal in January, is well aware of the boost that will bring to Gus Poyet’s side ahead of Saturday’s clash at the KC Stadium.
But the Ireland international insists Hull are in good spirits themselves after pushing Tottenham close last weekend and then succumbing on penalties at White Hart Lane in yesterday’s Capital One Cup last 16 tie.
“I’m sure Sunderland will by flying after beating their local rivals last weekend,” said Meyler.
“They’ll be trying to build on that, especially with a new manager in place.
“But we’re not going to think about them too much because we’ve got a fantastic squad and we’ve had two great run-outs in the last few days.
“We’ve pushed Tottenham close to the barriers in those games and people have been giving us credit for those performances. That is credit to our manager’s hard work.
“We’re now looking at the Sunderland game wanting three points from it.”
Meyler started both games against Spurs this week and with Steve Bruce’s squad depleted by injuries, the 24-year-old is expected to feature against his former club on Saturday.
“The manager knows, and everybody who knows me knows, that I want to play every minute of every game,” added Meyler.
“If the manager decides to pick x or y ahead of me then I will still fully support them because we’ve got a great bunch of lads and we’re in this together.
“We’ve all shown that we’re a part of this and how much we want it.”