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Calm, Controlled & Professional - McCann's View On Performance Against Northampton

5 April 2021

Grant McCann was once again pleased with what he saw from his Hull City side as they secured a 3-0 home victory over Northampton Town on Easter Monday.

Callum Elder scored one goal and set up another for Gavin Whyte, with Keane Lewis-Potter grabbing a goal in between, as the Tigers produced a dominant display to move three points clear at the top of the Sky Bet League One table and leave McCann happy with the afternoon’s work.

“It was a very professional performance,” said McCann.

“The performance was good and the result was even better. To score three goals and keep a clean sheet was impressive from the boys and I’m pleased with the day as a whole.

“Northampton threw a bit of a surprise at us with their team-sheet. They’d been playing a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 since their new manager came in but they went with three centre-halves today and that meant our front three could get at their back three, and that we could press them high up the field.

“It also meant that we could get the ball out to Callum Elder and Lewie Coyle and they were excellent for the whole game. They started every attack for us, they had acres of space to run into and they have real pace – the Northampton forwards were trying to chase them back but couldn’t catch them.

“All around the field I felt the boys were spot on with what they did. They’ve delivered another calm, controlled and professional performance and it's three points and on to the next one.”

Speaking more about left back Elder, whose first half strike was his first goal for the Club, and his first anywhere in league football since he netted for Peterborough United in 2015, McCann said:

“His last league goal was when I was still at Peterborough so it was great to see him score his first one for a while. It was a great finish with a little bit of whip into the corner.

“Callum has been consistent all season and his performances have been at a top level. Sometimes he doesn’t get the credit that he deserves and as a full-back that is often the case, but he’s been at a top level all season in terms of his performances week in and week out.

“His assist for Gavin Whyte’s goal was excellent as well and that’s what I’m talking about – the fact that he can drive forward quickly and then have the calmness to pick a pass."

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