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McCann Laments Game Management

15 December 2020

Grant McCann lamented his side’s game management after Hull City fell to a dramatic 3-2 defeat at Blackpool.

Reece Burke’s 89th-minute header looked to have rescued the Tigers a 2-2 draw after goals from Jerry Yates and Keshi Anderson had overturned Mallik Wilks’ opener.

But CJ Hamilton’s 93rd-minute strike won it for the Seasiders and condemned McCann’s men to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.

“The game management from us tonight was dreadful,” McCann admitted.

“We were quite comfortable in the first half. We knew their threat was to try to get Hamilton and (Sullay) Kaikai in behind us on transition. I thought we were dealing with it really well.

“Mallik scored a good goal. It was a great ball from Callum (Elder) between the posts.

“Then for us to concede when we conceded, we just switched off for a split second. We completely switched off as a team.

“The full-backs get out, we don’t mark in the box and we concede right on the stroke of half-time.

“We had to address it at half-time. We told the boys, ‘look, you need to do your jobs, you need to stay with your runners, you need to pick people up in the box.’

“The second half, we started quite brightly. James Scott probably should have scored with the opportunity he had right after half-time. Maybe if he keeps it low, he scores.

“Then it’s just the decision on the edge of the box. Doc’s (Greg Docherty) usually gets his shots off well but it’s easier to pass the ball to Keane (Lewis-Potter).

“The keeper just bangs the ball down the pitch and we’re not set – really poor goal to concede. I

“It was a good response, we came back again, Reece has equalised.

“The last goal, we just didn’t clear our lines, we didn’t get the ball away. We looked a bit shaky, a bit panicky. It’s poor defending as a team.

“We’ve prided ourselves on our defensive abilities this year; we’ve been really resolute and teams don’t find it easy to score against us. Tonight, all three goals were very soft.”

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