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McCann Prepares For Tough Argyle Test

9 April 2021

Grant McCann is wary of Plymouth’s strong home form but says his side will approach the game in a positive frame of mind.

Only the Tigers and Peterborough have won more games, and accrued more points, on home soil than the 16th-placed Pilgrims, with 71% of their points coming at Home Park.

And McCann says his team will have to be on their game against an Argyle side that have enjoyed a solid first season back at this level under Ryan Lowe.

“Plymouth are a good team,” said McCann. “I think they’re in a bit of a false position, particularly with their home form.

“They’ve got one of the best home records in the league. They’ve got the best home record for first 45 minutes in the league. They’re very strong at home.

“They start games really well. We have to be ready for the challenge. They’re a good footballing team and have some really good individuals, but I’m sure they’re saying the same about us. It bodes well for a good footballing game.

“They’ve got a certain style of play, a manager that plays the right way and has been very successful there in his young managerial career – two promotions already.

“He knows how to win and we understand we’re going to a tough place here and we’ll need to be at it.”

Hull City lead the way in League One heading into the final six games, with Peterborough and Sunderland in close pursuit.

Both of those challengers have games in hand but McCann says the only focus is on continuing the recent form of seven wins from nine unbeaten matches.

“We are where we are at this present time,” McCann commented.

“We understand teams have got more games than us, we’ve got six games left. It’s very difficult to predict and if you start worrying about it, it’ll send you mad.

“All we can do is focus on what we need to do. What we need to do is continue to perform the way we’ve shown over the last couple of months.

“Hopefully that carries on until the end of the season and we’ll see where that takes us.”

Reflecting on a productive Easter period, during which Hull City claimed victories over Crewe and Northampton, McCann said: “It was good for us to get the six points from two different, contrasting games.

“Crewe are a good footballing team and I thought it was a good game with two teams playing the right way. We showed a different side of us to come back to win the game late on. It showed the mentality and calmness of the group.

“The Northampton game, we scored three goals and could have had more. The performance was good again.

“It was pleasing to get six points but those two games are gone and we have to focus on the next one, which is a tough place to go in Plymouth.”

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