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McCann delighted with 'excellent' first-half display

3 October 2020

Grant McCann was full of praise for his side’s first-half performance in the 1-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle.

Hakeeb Adelakun’s expertly-taken tenth-minute volley – on his home debut – make it four consecutive league wins without conceding a goal for the Tigers.

Hull City created a host of chances in the opening 45 minutes – and McCann felt his team should have put the game to bed by half-time.

“I thought in the first half we were excellent,” said McCann. "We set out to be really aggressive, be on the front foot.

“Plymouth are a good team. They play it out from the back and Ryan Lowe’s got them playing in a certain style. They’re not afraid to give it to their centre-backs and try and play it through you.

“I thought we got it spot on in the first half. Our full-backs were aggressive against their wing-backs. We asked the midfield three to be man v man and go right against them and be tight and ask the opposite full-back and the two centre-backs to look after the two forwards.

“First half, we did it really well. Second half, their wing-backs were a lot more aggressive. We probably should have been three or four nil up with the chances we had in the first half, but we didn’t take them.

“That’s probably what left it a wee bit nervy at the end. There were still some very good chances in the second half but they’re a good team and they’ll cause a lot of teams problems.”

With just one goal the difference, the Tigers had some nervy moments in the second period as Plymouth pushed for an equaliser, making seven blocks.

And the boss was delighted with the way his team defended their goal in order to preserve a fourth successive shut-out.

“What really pleased me was the second half when we had to dig deep again,” McCann added. “The blocks on the edge of the box, people throwing their bodies on the line, just desperate to keep that clean sheet.

“It’s the best I’ve seen the two centre-backs in a while – I thought they were excellent. Special credit to Reece (Burke) and Jordy (de Wijs) also.”

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