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McCann: ‘Focus On The Process’

1 April 2021

Grant McCann has told his players to “focus on the process” ahead of Hull City’s Good Friday fixture away to mid-table Crewe Alexandra.

The Tigers are unbeaten in seven but have drawn the last two 1-1, most recently at home to Gillingham.

McCann was pleased with the Gills display and believes a similar performance can deliver all three points against the 14th-placed Railwaymen, although he knows it won’t be straightforward.

“We understand it’s going to be a difficult game,” said McCann.

“It’s going to be a good footballing game. Two teams who like to play in the right way for me and get the ball down and play in between people and try to create opportunities.

“They’re strong at home. They’ve got one of the better home records in the division. They’ve beaten some of the bigger teams there this season.

“I expect a good footballing team. I expect good individuals in their team, all through it. Like every team in this division, they’ve got people who can hurt you if you’re not switched on.

“We want to go there and deliver our game plan again and hopefully continue the performance level we showed against Gillingham.

“Yes, the last little bit wasn’t there, and I understand the three points is all that matters at this stage, but we’ve still got to focus on the process.

“The process is making sure we deliver the game plan, making sure we play well, making sure we perform. In turn, that gives us the best opportunity to win.”

Hull City created a plethora of chances against the Gills and rattled the woodwork twice through goalscorer Tom Eaves and Jacob Greaves.

McCann felt it was just one of those days in front of goal and believes the Tigers’ luck will soon turn.

“We’re getting in the areas, we’re creating the opportunities,” McCann added.

“I’m sure if you threw that ball into Jacob Greaves 100 times, he’d score 99 of them. That’s just the way it was.

“I spoke to Jacob on the Sunday, he felt a bit low, he felt a bit down with it. I picked him up, told him he’s been having a tremendous season and no one envisaged what he was going to do, given the start of the season and where he’s come from.

“He’s been outstanding for us and I said to him, ‘look, keep getting in the areas’. It’s not just Jacob, though. There were times in the game we flashed things across the post.

“Usually, we’re clinical. Statistically, we’re the most clinical team in the division, in terms of chances to score. We know it’s there, it was just on that day.

“It can happen in football that things don’t go your way – good blocks, good goalkeeping saves, a shot that goes past the post, a header that hit the crossbar

“You can’t dwell on it, you’ve got to move on to the next one. I know if we continue to perform the way we showed against Gillingham, we’ll have a lot more wins this season.”

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