Phelan targets Cup run

Caretaker boss Mike Phelan plans to keep Hull’s momentum going in the EFL Cup at Exeter by keeping changes to a minimum.

Hull: Phelan targets Cup runHull: Phelan targets Cup run

Phelan accepts he has little room to manoeuvre in Devon with only the return of Harry Maguire possibly adding to the 13 senior players he had available for Saturday’s 2-0 win at Swansea.

But Phelan says he does not want to upset the rhythm that the Tigers have established by winning their opening two Premier League games since promotion.

“Everybody’s going to Exeter,” said Phelan. “I think it’s important as we’re in a bit of a groove that they all keep this momentum of togetherness.

“At this moment everyone’s happy with the performances and they all want to play. There will be a couple of changes, but I won’t mix it up too much because I know we’re in a good groove.”

Hull have just over a week to strengthen their injury-hit squad before the transfer window closes on August 31.

And Phelan added: “After the United game most of my players – about 10 of them – go away on international duty which is always a fingers crossed job that you get them back (fit).

“Hopefully by then the squad will be bigger.”

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