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McCann disappointed with a point

5 December 2020

Grant McCann was disappointed to come away from the Kassam Stadium with a point after a 1-1 draw at Oxford United.

Greg Docherty’s first Hull City goal cancelled out James Henry’s 10th-minute opener as the Tigers were held to a first draw of the season in front of 1,000 fans.

“I thought for 25-30 minutes Oxford were good. I thought for 60 minutes we were good,” said McCann.

“We didn’t start the game well. We knew we were coming to a team that are the best in the league in terms of pressing the ball high up the pitch.

“We knew what they were about, we just didn’t get to grips with it in the first 25-30 minutes. They were in the ascendancy, they got the goal, their fans got behind them.

“But for 15 minutes leading into the second half, we got to grips with the game. For the whole of the second half, we dominated.

“I don’t think they had a shot at Matty (Ingram) in the second half. We’re disappointed to come away with a point.

“We felt as if there were big decisions in the game that went against us. Doc has gone through one-on-one and (referee) Andy Woolmer has pulled a free-kick up near the halfway line.

“We feel if that had gone in, and we had scored a bit earlier in the second half, we’d have won the game, no question about it.

“We come away really disappointed with a point.”

McCann was delighted, though, to see Docherty find the scoresheet for the first time since his summer switch from Rangers.

“It was a great strike, great concentration on the left foot with the volley,” McCann added.

“He’s been threatening to do that the last couple of games.

“He should have had one before that Andy Woolmer’s back for a free-kick when he’s through one v one.

“You’re thinking, ‘is he ever going to get that goal?’ when the referee stops that.

“It was tremendous technique to keep the ball low and in between the posts.

“I expect him to kick on now. He’s free, he’s not feeling any pain or knocks or niggles so I’d expect to see those performances more from Doc now.”

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