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McCann: We’re Ready For Derby Test

18 August 2021

Head Coach Grant McCann is confident his team are ready to put the QPR defeat behind them when Hull City face Derby County.

The Tigers welcome Wayne Rooney’s Rams to the MKM Stadium in the second home game of the Championship season.

McCann’s men will be looking to bounce back after a 3-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers, while Derby will be searching for their first win of the season, after a draw and defeat.

“I’ve got a really good group of players and they were hurting after the QPR result as they knew it was a game of fine margins,” said McCann.

“We were excellent from the 30-minute mark up to their second goal and we had some great opportunities where their goalkeeper produced some great saves and their defender cleared Matt Smith’s effort off the line.

“We will bounce back as that’s what this dressing room and this group of players does. I’ve seen enough over the last two games to know we’re going to be ultra-competitive in games.

“The defeat will help us to get better in certain aspects to hopefully prepare us for future games, starting with Derby County.”

Derby have bolstered their squad in preparation for their test with the Tigers, with Sam Baldock and Phil Jagielka both agreeing short-term contracts with the Rams yesterday.

But McCann is more focused on securing the three points for both the team and the fans.

“It’s the next game for us and we obviously want to bounce back and try and respond from the disappointing defeat.

“It’s another opportunity for three points and hopefully we can go into the game and be competitive as we aim to get the win.

“I must say our fans have been outstanding and it’s been great to have them back supporting us.

"Hopefully they’ve seen over the last two games what a good group of players they’ve got here and they can continue to come down to the MKM Stadium and cheer us on as their support is fully appreciated.”

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