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McCann May Look To Rotate

10 August 2021

Grant McCann may consider rotating his squad for tonight’s Carabao Cup first round tie against Wigan Athletic.

After an impressive 4-1 opening day victory away at Preston North End, McCann admits he has some tough decisions to make as the Tigers turn their attention to the cup.

“We may rotate the squad in certain positions,” said McCann.

“It’s important we have a look at the players and how they recover from the Preston game.

“It’s a big pitch is Deepdale so it’s important to see how the boys recover and we’ll go from there and pick a team on that.

“Every decision I make is tough when picking the team. You’ve got to leave seven or eight players behind, you’ve got to leave people in the stand and every decision is tough.

“All the players want to play and they’re very capable of playing. Overall, I feel like we’ve got a good squad and good competition here in every position.”

Matt Smith made his debut following a 10-minute cameo appearance from the bench in the Preston victory, and could be in line to make his first Hull City start.

“There’s a good chance of him starting on Tuesday night, like everyone else,” added McCann.

“Matt is a very good player. Welsh international, played over 40 games for Doncaster last season and was probably their standout player in League One.

“He has only played 45 minutes of football since he’s come back from the Euros, but you could see when he came on his quality in his play, so I’m delighted to get that signing done.”

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