Workrate will be the key to Championship success for both Huddersfield Town and Bournemouth this season.
That’s the view of home manager Mark Robins and visiting winger Junior Stanislas ahead of the opening-day clash at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Robins, going into his second full season at the helm and preparing to face striker Callum Wilson, who was in his squad at Coventry, said: “We have to work harder than the opposition, simple as that.
“I think I have players who are capable, and I’m looking for them to be honest, have knowledge of the game and the position they play in, give me a level of commitment and have a good work ethic.”
Stanislas, one of three summer signings by Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe alongside Wilson and Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling, tasted promotion success with Burnley last season.
“It was down to hard work and a good team spirit,” said the former West Ham man.
“The manager Sean Dyche used to drill into us about working hard and being together as a team.
“We had the players in the squad to get success, the key thing was the hard work to go with it.
“We put it together and got where needed to in the end.
“The way we try to move the ball here gives us that extra level of energy because we are not chasing too much.
“We are playing with the ball a lot of time.
“I think the lads have a good work ethic here and, without being disrespectful, the quality levels are very good as well compared with maybe Burnley a little.
“Maybe that is a little surprising perhaps with a smaller club, but what is going on behind the scenes here is first class.”
While Robins has worries over last season’s 12-goal top scorer James Vaughan, who has missed the last four friendlies with a calf problem, Bournemouth could hand keeper Benji Buchel a debut – after two years.
The Liechtenstein international has featured throughout pre-season because of injuries to first-choice Lee Camp and Darryl Flahavan.