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McCann: We’ll need to be on our game

30 October 2020

Grant McCann says Hull City will have to be on their game to get three points at Swindon tomorrow.

The Tigers moved back into the League One automatic promotion places with a 3-1 comeback victory over Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.

It was a seventh win in nine league matches and a fourth in five games away from home.

City will be looking to build on that impressive form against Richie Wellens’ Robins, who have not played since October 20th due to positive Covid-19 tests.

Third-bottom Town have lost their last four but McCann insists they shouldn’t be underestimated, having been crowned League Two champions last season.

“They had a really good start to the season but over the last few games, they’ve had a patchy spell in terms of results,” said McCann.

“I know Richie Wellens and I know he likes his teams to play football. He’s really demanding and they had a tremendous season last year to win the league.

“They’re a team that’s used to winning; I know it doesn’t look like that over the last four games but they are.

“They’ve got some good players – players who know the division, players I’ve worked with.

“They’ve got a good centre-forward in Tyler Smith who can score goals. Midfield player Anthony Grant is really experienced at this level and I had him at Peterborough. They’ve got players down there who can hurt you.

“We need to be on our game again to get the three points.”

With games coming thick and fast, McCann will assess the fitness of his squad ahead of the trip to the County Ground.

“Given the schedule we’re in, the group is going to be looked at and we’ll see who is the freshest to play, especially for this game against Swindon,” he added.

“It’s been relentless – not just for us – but for everybody.

“We’ve got a really good squad here. We know whoever we put in the team can do a job for us just as well as the ones in the team.

“Everyone is staying on their toes. Everyone wants to play.

“But we’ve got to be mindful that these games have been coming really fast and we have to make sure we pick a fresh team on Saturday.”

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