A 4-1 win at Preston North End on Saturday was described as ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding’ by Hull City Head Coach Grant McCann, who was able to reflect on a memorable opening day to the 2021/22 season.
The Tigers produced a phenomenal response to falling behind early on as goals from Keane Lewis-Potter, Richie Smallwood, Josh Magennis and Andy Cannon saw them come roaring back in front of a loud and jubilant away following who celebrated a return to the Sky Bet Championship with gusto.
Speaking afterwards, McCann said: “I thought we were excellent from the first minute all the way through to the 95th. We were disappointed to concede in the way that we did but the response from the team was outstanding.
“We saw the togetherness and the unity of the group so much last season, and we saw it again to come back into this game. I thought we looked in control and we looked dangerous every time we went forward.
“The run Keane made to put away the first goal was outstanding and something we’d worked on during the week. Him and Mallik Wilks are really good at that and offer so much clever movement off the ball, and it was a great pass and a great finish for the equaliser. Keano has then put in a great cross for Josh Magennis to get his goal. It was a top performance.
“They changed their shape a little bit at the start of the second half but once we got our wide players around the sides of their diamond I thought we were really effective and obviously I was pleased with the outcome.
“Our substitutes had a good impact as well. Matt Smith came on and looked good, Andy Cannon came on and scored so they both had tremendous debuts. You know it’s your day when a late substitute comes on and scores from another substitute back-heeling it from the line – I’ve never seen that from Eavesy before! It was a great way to end the game.”
Reserving special praise for the Club’s travelling supporters, McCann added: “It’s amazing to have fans back in the stadium. The atmosphere before the game from both sets of fans was fantastic, but to be able to celebrate a result like that with our fans at the end was outstanding.
“They’ve got a team that they can be proud of with a lot of Hull-born players and that doesn’t come around very often. Hopefully they will continue to support us like that throughout the season because they were outstanding.”