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McCann: We Must Be Even Better

13 August 2021

Hull City may have stunned Preston 4-1 on the opening day but Grant McCann insists his team must play even better to beat QPR.

The Tigers welcome Mark Warburton’s R’s to the MKM Stadium in the first home game of the Championship season.

McCann’s men will be looking to build on their Deepdale delight, while Rangers will be searching for their first win following a 1-1 draw with Millwall.

“Every game is a challenge,” said McCann. “We got our performance right last week against Preston, which helped us get the win.

“This game is going to be no different, in that we’re going to have to be really good. In fact, we’re going to have to be better than we were last week.

“QPR are a good team. We’ve done a lot of work on them this week and their system is similar to Preston but they have a different way of playing it.

“There’s going to be challenges in the game and we’ll have to be right technically and be good defensively. When we go forward, we’ll have to be good on transitions.

“There’s a lot of aspects we need to be good at to try and win this game. Hopefully, we can do that.”

QPR ended last season with 15 wins from their final 24 games and will be hopeful of challenging for the top six.

And McCann believes their squad strength makes them a difficult proposition.

“There are probably about 15, 16, 17 teams who will all fancy themselves to be in and around that top six – and I’m sure Mark Warburton will be one of them.

“They’ve strengthened very well in the summer. They’ve kept some of their bigger players – the likes of Lyndon Dykes, Stefan Johansen.

“They’re a strong outfit and got really good strength in depth.”


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