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McCann pleased to see Eaves open his account

31 October 2020

Grant McCann was pleased to see Tom Eaves open his account for the season in the win at Bristol Rovers.

The 28-year-old came off the bench to play an instrumental role in the Tigers’ stirring second-half fightback at the Memorial Stadium.

He first set up Regan Slater to put Hull City in front before scoring the match-clinching third in stoppage time.

It was the striker’s first goal since the thrilling 4-4 draw with Swansea in February after a frustrating spell with injury.

And McCann has every faith he will score many more this season.

“Eavesy did well when he came on,” said McCann.

“He’s had a bit of a stop-start season with his ankle, and he had a stop-start end to last season as well. He picked up that injury at Preston and didn’t recover too well from it.

“It’s been a frustrating seven or eight months for Tom. He’s in a good place now and he’s getting back to where he should be.

“He’s a goalscorer – one in two at this level – 40 goals in 80-odd games in League One.

“He’s a big threat for us and I was pleased to see him come on and score.”

Eaves’ game-changing contribution helped the Tigers make it 21 points from a possible 27 in League One – but McCann believes the tally is three points light.

“It should have been more – we should have had three points against Peterborough,” he said.

“We didn’t deserve anything against Fleetwood so no qualms with that one. But we should have beaten Peterborough.

“What was pleasing was the response we showed. How we lost to Peterborough, we don’t know. We’re still scratching our heads at that.

“We’ve gone to Bristol Rovers, conceded early and you’re thinking, ‘is it a bit of a knock-on effect, a domino effect from that game?’

“But the response the group showed in the second half, and the character to come back and win the game, was phenomenal.”

McCann will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins when his side face Swindon at the County Ground this afternoon.

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