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McCann: Concentrate On The Performance

23 April 2021

Grant McCann insists his side’s sole focus is on producing a positive performance against Lincoln City tomorrow.

Hull City are 11 points clear of third place and know victory at the LNER Stadium will secure an immediate return to the Championship.

Asked about the possibility of winning promotion this weekend, McCann said: “I’m more concentrating on the performance, the process.

“It’s negative for us to focus on the outcome of a win because I think if you end up doing that, you can lose our process and the performance.

“It’s important we focus on the process, the performance, what’s got us to this position and it’s been performances.

“If we get our performance right, nine times out of 10 we’ll give ourselves the best opportunity to win. That’s the most important thing for us heading into this game.

“I know everyone thinks ‘win the game, win the game’ but we’ve got to see the realism behind it.

“We’ve got to understand we’ve got to do the basics right in the game first and foremost.

“We’ve got to do the things that will get us that performance that will hopefully get us the win.”

The Tigers are unbeaten in 12 matches – a run comprising nine wins and three draws dating back to late February – and McCann has been impressed with how his players have handled themselves.

“Over the last 14-15 games – yes, we had a defeat in there against Ipswich – the togetherness has gone to a new level,” said McCann.

“The calmness, the control, the confidence in the group, the way they’re training, everyone has grabbed the bull by the horns.

“The boys have rallied each other and ran the changing room brilliantly, they’ve galvanised each other.

“It’s been part of the process, the collaborative approach we’ve spoken about. It’s not just me telling them what they need to do, it’s them coming to me telling me things they would like to do, which is brilliant.

“That’s what I want – I want positive thinkers, I want people thinking outside the box. I don’t want it to be a dictatorship here, where everything is coming from me, Cliff (Byrne, Assistant Head Coach) and Tony (Pennock, First Team Coach).

“I want all of us part of their process and that’s how it’s been over these 14-15 games.”

Michael Appleton’s fourth-placed Imps still harbour automatic promotion hopes of their own and McCann knows the Tigers will need to be on their game.

“We’ll have to be our best, that’s for sure,” said McCann. “It doesn’t surprise me Lincoln have won their last three games and haven’t conceded a goal.

“They’ve been up and around the top end of the league all season – whether first, second, third or fourth.

“That’s because they’ve got a really good brand of football, any team in that top six have got a real understanding of what they’re doing and what their individual jobs are. I’m sure the morale there is really good.

“It’s a tough game but it’s a game we’re looking forward to. It’s a game we know if we go there and be at our best, and get the performance right, we’ll give ourselves a chance to win.”

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