Hull City manager Nigel Pearson is looking forward to getting the Championship season underway this weekend.
The Tigers launch the 2011/12 campaign with a home clash against relegated Blackpool and Pearson feels confident that his squad can perform consistently enough to finish in the top few teams in England's second tier.
"We've got to make sure we're competitive and aim for a high level of consistency," he said in the Hull Daily Mail.
"That's the key to success in this division. You can't afford too many bad days.
"When we under-performed last season we were thumped. That gives you an indicator what this league is about.
"It's probably the toughest one to get out of going upwards but we're looking forward to the challenge.
"As always, we'll set our targets pretty high with promotion. That's easier said than done in a league which is renowned for its competitiveness.
"The sides that have come up from League One and the sides that have dropped down from the Premier League have really made the division harder, but hopefully clubs will have a bit of respect for us as well.
"We're in a decent position with the balance of our squad and the mood is very positive.