Wanderers boss Owen Coyle hopes a more familiar line-up at Hull City tomorrow will lead to a return to the form that saw the team take four points from their last two Championship games.

After the disappointment of an opening-day defeat at Burnley, the Whites bounced back with a win over Derby and a home point against Nottingham Forest.

Seven changes to the side saw them exit the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle on Tuesday at Crawley Town.

And while Coyle was naturally disappointed with the defeat, he knows the changes will have played a part.

It is expected he will make as many changes back at the KC Stadium, with the likes of Sam Ricketts, Chung-Yong Lee, Tyrone Mears and Matt Mills expected to return, and the manager is confident of an improvement in performance.

Coyle said: “You are always looking for a reaction to losing a game.

“You have to put things into context and that we made seven or eight changes on Tuesday.

“We have to make sure when we go back into the Championship, we continue the level of performance from our previous two games which should have resulted in six points as opposed to four. They were certainly better performances than the first one for sure.

“We were disappointed to lose the first game but got a reaction from that.

“We need to continue in the same vein knowing we face a tough game at Hull.”

Coyle believes there are goals in his team after two goals in each of the last two league outings.

But conceding four has balanced that out and he stresses the need to be stubborn in defence to gain the consistency to challenge for promotion.

“You need to be consistent in this league,” he added.

“Collectively what we have to do is make sure we are not giving up goals easily.

“The two Nottingham Forest strikes were wonder strikes.

“But within any goal there are moments you can stop them and that was certainly the case with their second.

“We know we will score goals.

“If we make sure we shut the back door, it’s a great remedy for winning games.

“It’s a different type of football and demanding and there are different challenges.

“This league doesn’t give you the chance to sit back for a couple of months and have an overview at it, you have to hit the ground running.”

In the last match before a two-week international break, Wanderers can take their tally to seven points from 12 with victory on Humberside.

But he isn’t expecting an easy ride against Steve Bruce’s Tigers.

Coyle continued: “Steve has come in and added a few to a squad that already had some very good players in it.

“It’s a fantastic infrastructure there. It’s a great club with a great stadium.

“It’s important we impose ourselves and show our quality and make sure we give Hull City some problems.

“There is a very simple reason why it’s tough there and that’s the fact they have a fantastic fan base.

“You saw that when they had a great few seasons in the Premier League.

“Even when Hull City were in the lower echelons of the league, they were still one of the best supported sides in those divisions.

“We are under no illusions what the atmosphere will be like, and that’s something we have to deal with, and stand up and be counted.