Eric Lichaj acknowledged that there is still room for improvement in the Hull City camp in the wake of Saturday's pre-season defeat to Rochdale.
Joe Rafferty’s 90th-minute strike for the hosts saw the Tigers slip to 1-0 loss at the Crown Oil Arena and the US international full-back was quick to admit the team can become more efficient in a number of areas.
Speaking to Tigers TV after the game, Lichaj said: “It was a really tough game from start to finish.
“The positive was that the starting eleven all got 75 minutes under their belts, which is a step in the right direction fitness-wise.
“However, the quality on the pitch needs to be a bit better. Everyone in the team knows we can show a lot more than we did at Rochdale.
“We’ve still got a few more games to come before the season starts to help us with our preparations and everyone in the dressing room will be working hard over the next two weeks in order to get ourselves ready and fully prepared for the start of the new season.”
The Tigers’ pre-season preparations continue with a return to action on home soil on Tuesday evening as Premier League outfit Newcastle United visit the KCOM Stadium – an occasion Lichaj is very much looking forward to.
“I’ve never been in the home dressing room before, so I’m looking forward to experiencing that and playing my first home game as a Hull City player,” he added.
“It’s going to be yet another tough test for us against Premier League opposition but that’s exactly what you want – and need – at this stage of the pre-season.”
Tickets for Tuesday night’s pre-season clash with Newcastle United (KO 7.45pm) remain on sale online. Tickets are priced at £7.50 for seats in Zone 1 and £9 for seats in Zones 2 and 3.