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McCann rues lack of goal threat

12 December 2020

Grant McCann was left to rue his side’s lack of goal threat as Hull City were beaten 1-0 at home to Shrewsbury.

Charlie Daniels’ 27th-minute goal inflicted a fourth defeat of the season on the Tigers, who failed to score for the first time in the league this term.

“We weren’t good today,” said McCann, whose team remain top of League One.

“We struggled probably the whole game. Saying that, we probably had the three best chances in the game, apart from their goal.

“In the first half, (Jacob) Greavesy had a good header. George Honeyman had a really good chance to equalise and before that, (Greg) Docherty had a really good chance off a set-play we worked.

“We just didn’t test their keeper, which is really frustrating for everybody because we’ve been good on that front, in terms of the goals we have scored.

“We’re always demanding more from the forwards, the midfielders, the full-backs, i.e. crosses and assists. We just didn’t do it and ultimately, we paid the price.

“We didn’t look threatening. In the second half, there was a good reaction from the group.

“We were a bit more aggressive on our press, we were picking up more second balls.

“We knew what we were coming into – they’re an experienced group. They sat behind the ball a little bit and made it hard for us to try to break them down.

“Their three centre-halves were very good for them and defended nearly every ball that came into their box.

“It would be interesting to see how many balls came into the box from us, in terms of crosses, and how many we actually got on the end of.

“We just didn’t get going really. We showed a wee bit in the second half. We galvanised a wee bit but it wasn’t clean in terms of what we want. It was scruffy.

“We’re not going to win every single game this year.

"We’ve responded really well after defeats this year and we have to pick the boys up and go again at Blackpool.”

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