Grant McCann admitted his side’s concentration levels at two set-pieces proved costly as Hull City were beaten 3-0 by Queens Park Rangers at the MKM Stadium on Saturday.
The defeat felt harsh on the Tigers who were twice denied by goal-line clearances, and also had George Moncur dismissed in the second half, and McCann gave his assessment of the game afterwards.
“I felt QPR were in the ascendency for the first 20 or 25 minutes,” said McCann.
“We struggled again early in the game so that is an area of concern for us and something that we need to improve on. The opening goal was sloppy from our point of view with a bit of mis-communication on the edge of our box and a loss of concentration. We grew into the game in the last ten or 15 minutes of the half and we were pushing to try and get an equaliser before half time.
“We carried that on into the second half and we had one cleared off the line from Keane and another from Matt Smith. It felt like we were going to get the equaliser and, if we had at that stage, we probably could have gone on to win the game. Then we had another loss of concentration at a set-play which cost us the second goal, then the sending off came and then the third goal.
“I was pleased with how we went about the game between both boxes today, but there are areas that we need to work on and that includes our starts to games and making sure that we get back to where we know we can be, and showing how good we can be at attacking and defending set-pieces because I thought we were disappointing at those today.”
Although disappointed with the defeat, McCann has backed his players to bounce back.
“The boys are hurting after that but we will bounce back,” he continued.
“I’ve seen enough over the two games in the league so far to know that we will be ultra-competitive in this division and today will maybe act as a little reminder that we just need to be better in certain areas.”