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McCann: we weren’t ourselves

31 October 2020

Grant McCann felt his Hull City side weren’t themselves in the 2-1 defeat by Swindon.

The Tigers dominated the early exchanges and deservedly went ahead on 16 minutes through Keane Lewis-Potter’s superb solo effort – his fifth league goal of the season.

But the match turned on Paul Caddis' 31st-minute equaliser, after the visitors switched off from a corner, and Joel Grant scored the Robins’ winner nine minutes into the second half.

“We wasted numerous opportunities to take the game by the scruff of the neck in the first 20-odd minutes,” said McCann. “Keano scored a good goal. We felt fine. We felt we could knock the game out of sight.

“Then we switch off from a set-play. It was an unacceptable goal for us to concede. As a team, we all switched off. Us as a bench, we’re shouting, ‘switch on, switch on’.

“Bang, the ball goes between our two players who went short for the corner and it’s a good finish from Caddis – you’ve got to give him that.

“But it’s not good enough from us. We pride ourselves on defending corners this season. We’ve been really good at it. We switch on and it goes 1-1 and it gives them the ascendancy.

“I was pleased to get in 1-1 at half-time because I felt as if they were coming and coming. We tried to reorganise some things at half-time. The centre-halves were getting too much time on the ball for me.

“It’s a poor goal, the second one, for us to concede. It’s a runner from the middle of the pitch. The centre-backs were split and he just runs right through.

“We huffed and puffed in the second half but we just weren’t ourselves. We lacked serious energy which is a worry for me.

“I expect more from this group. I expect more from us. They’re disappointed in there but we just didn’t get going.

“Even though we were in control in the first 20-30 minutes, we still weren’t at our best. For us to come away with a defeat today is disappointing.”

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