Head Coach Grant McCann spoke to the media following Hull City’s exit from the Carabao Cup at West Ham United on Tuesday evening.
The Tigers went down to a harsh 5-1 defeat at The London Stadium, although there were some positives for McCann to take.
“We’re disappointed to come away with the scoreline what it was, especially with the two late goals, but West Ham were excellent. Going forward, their front four would give anyone in the Premier League a hard time and they gave us a hard time,” said McCann.
“We didn’t deserve to concede five. The back four worked hard to try and contain but, for me, I felt that we switched off a little bit. If we lost the ball, West Ham broke very quickly on the transition.
“We brought it back to 3-1 with a good goal from Mallik Wilks and then had a couple of chances to make it 3-2 but then the two goals at the end were just sucker-punches for us. We switched off. We knew about how they liked to play things around the edge of the box. The scoreline looks worse than it should have done.
“The positives that I can take from the game are a good first start from Callum Jones – a young boy making his first start for the Club – as well as another goal for Mallik which keeps him in good form. We’ve rested a few boys as well, so they’ll get their legs back and be ready for Northampton on Saturday.”
McCann also gave an update on captain Richie Smallwood, who departed the action after only 17 minutes.
“We don’t know too much at this present time. He felt something in his thigh,” added McCann.
“How bad it is, we don’t know. We’ll see how it is once it has settled down but he’s looking like he will be touch and go for the weekend."