Grant McCann was left to reflect on a disappointing result after watching his Hull City side fall to a 2-0 defeat at Fulham on Saturday.
Despite creating a number of promising situations during the opening 45 minutes, the Tigers couldn’t find the killer touch to breach the Fulham defence and it was first half goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic and Fabio Carvalho that did the damage.
“I thought we started the game well,” said McCann.
“We were up against a side that is fancied to go well in this division, if not win it, having come down from the Premier League but I thought we showed some of that bravery I’d asked for after Wednesday night against Derby with the way we played through the lines in the first half and got into some good positions, but we just didn’t capitalise on it.
“There was a chance for Keane, a good shot from Greg Docherty that brought a save out of the goalkeeper, Randell Williams got through, the header from Josh Magennis – there were some really good moments there for us. It’s a tough division, though, and, if you don’t take your chances when they come along, you’ll get punished. That was the case today.
“Fulham then get the first goal and we’re really disappointed having watched it back because we feel there was a block on Jacob Greaves. However, we’re up against a really experienced forward who has played regularly at international level, but it’s disappointing because it’s right in front of the referee.”
McCann was pleased with the way his players stuck at their task after the break as they limited the hosts to few goal-scoring opportunities, although it was the lack of an edge at the other end of the field that disappointed him.
“Fulham are a possession-based side so they’re always going to have a lot of the ball with top quality players,” continued McCann.
“We needed to stay compact, to keep our shape and to defend manfully and I felt we did that in the second half but we didn’t show that edge at the top end of the pitch, although it’s difficult against one of the best sides in the division and with us being without the likes of Mallik Wilks, George Honeyman, Ryan Longman, George Moncur – they are all players who can make a difference alongside the players we have in there.”