Grant McCann said he was pleased with his Hull City side’s performance in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Bournemouth at the MKM Stadium.
The Tigers came the closest to winning it with a Greg Docherty header that hit the bar in the second half, but McCann’s side did at least register a first clean sheet of the season as they took a point.
“I think we’ve got to respect the point that we’ve taken,” said McCann.
“We created what was probably the best chance of the game with the header for Greg Docherty and, on another day, that goes in rather than coming back off the bar. We gifted them a couple of opportunities, too, but we recovered to keep them out.
“I thought it was a good game and we were excellent defensively. We kept our shape and our discipline and we had to against one of the better teams in the division. We’ve had a tough couple of games with Fulham last weekend and Bournemouth today – we’ve only come out of it with one point but I’ve been pleased with a lot of aspects of our game.”
Had Docherty’s header found the net, it would have capped what McCann felt was an impressive display from the Scottish midfielder.
“I thought Greg’s performance was excellent – his energy, his legs, his drive – he deserved a goal actually,” McCann continued.
“He was in the right place and like I said, on another day, it goes in. I’ve touched before on the Coronavirus cases that we’ve had and ‘Doc’ was one of them. He was bedding himself back in during those first couple of games but he hasn’t missed a day of training and we knew he would get better as the games went by.
“We’ve got a few players playing catch-up after missing parts of pre-season but I was pleased with the performance today, particularly defensively.”
Saturday’s game also saw young striker Josh Hinds come off the bench to make his senior debut and McCann revealed that the Under-23s’ forward had earned his opportunity.
“Josh Hinds has been training really well and he’s been scoring goals for the Under-23s so we made the decision to put him on the bench,” added McCann.
“I’ve touched on it recently, we’ve got some really good young players like Harry Wood, Andy Smith, Josh Hinds, Will Jarvis – those four in particular. Josh deserved his chance today.”
While a door opened for young Jarvis, the Tigers were without the more experienced Josh Magennis in attack with a hip problem keeping the Northern Ireland international out.
“It happened on Thursday and Friday,” McCann revealed.
“He’s got a problem with his hip and he’ll probably struggle to make the Northern Ireland games. He’ll need an injection at some point to try and get it to settle down. He doesn’t want to miss any games, so it’s important that we get that right for him.”