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We Were Too Safe In Our Play - McCann

18 August 2021

Grant McCann admitted that his Hull City side didn’t carry enough of a threat as they were beaten 1-0 by Derby County at the MKM Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Tigers, like their opponents, struggled to create any genuine goal-scoring chances but it was the Rams that claimed the three points as they took one of the few on offer in the second half.

“We were very safe in our play,” said McCann.

“We didn’t pass the ball quickly enough, we didn’t pass it forward enough and we didn’t break lines quickly enough. It’s probably one of the only times I’ve questioned this group in terms of we didn’t look threatening when we went forward. Their goalkeeper hasn’t really had a save to make and that’s not like us. We weren’t at our best and we’ve conceded a sloppy goal, and it’s cost us.

“There are some very good teams in this league and we’re not going to have things all our own way, but I just want this group to believe in themselves a little bit more because they are a good group. They’re at this level because they deserve to be, they’re a young group and learning all the time. I’m sure we’ll improve on this.”

One of the positives to take from the game was an encouraging performance from Randell Williams on his first start since recovering from Covid.

“I thought Randell played with some aggression tonight,” McCann continued.

“He wanted to go forward, he wanted to beat people and he did really well in the first half. He looked bright and we probably went down his side a little bit more than we did the left, although we probably didn’t get him the ball enough. He probably tired a little bit in the second half with it being his first start since coming back from Covid.

“We have some good options in those wide areas and, when everybody is fit, it’s a strong group to pick from.”

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