It’s probably become something of a footballing cliche when talking about Tony Pulis’ teams.
Descriptions of the Middlesbrough manager’s style often throw up the words ‘direct’ and ‘physical’.
Sheffield Wednesday would appear to be expecting just that on Friday night when the Championship’s fourth-placed side head for Hillsborough.
Goalkeeper Cameron Dawson knows it’s not going to just be a battle, but is also well aware that he and his defensive colleagues will have to be prepared for an aerial assault.
To that end, cutting out the conceding of free-kicks in dangerous areas which has been a frustrating habit of late, will be vital.
"It will be a physical test. It is always is against a Tony Pulis side,” said Dawson. “They have got big lads all across the park. Look at their back four. I don't think there is anyone who is under six foot three!
"They will play football but I think they will be quite direct.
"They are very strong from set pieces so we will have to be careful there. We have given a lot of fouls away recently around our half which we will need to cut out because they will be dangerous from that. It will be a tough test.
"It will be a slightly different test to your ‘total football’ teams like Brentford but it will be good.”