Grant McCann admitted he was disappointed with his side’s first half performance but happier with the second after watching his Hull City side exit the Carabao Cup on penalties to Wigan Athletic.
Keane Lewis-Potter’s second goal in as many games earned a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes, but the Tigers would be beaten 8-7 in a shoot-out with defender Di’Shon Bernard the unlucky man to miss from the spot.
“I felt we were very poor in the first half,” said McCann.
“We were nowhere near where we can be and where we should be. There was a lack of energy and aggression, and not enough zip about our play. We improved in the second half, although conceding the early goal was disappointing.
“The response to that from a young group of players was great. I thought George Moncur was excellent all through the game and it was a great pass from him and another tremendous finish from Keano. After that, I felt the game petered out a little bit with nothing really happening.
“Once it goes to penalties it becomes a lottery and it looked like it was going to go on all night but, unfortunately for Di’Shon, who was good in the game, it was him that missed but these things happen. We were on the winning end of a few shoot-outs last season but unfortunately we’ve lost out tonight.”
One of the main positives that McCann took from the evening was being able to hand first team minutes to a number of the Club’s promising young talent, and a number of other players in general.
“The positives from the evening were getting young Will Jarvis some minutes, Harry Wood some minutes, Andy Smith some minutes – we think very highly of some of these Academy players and I think you could see their quality when they came on,” McCann continued.
“If you put it into context, Di’Shon was good in the game but hasn’t played many minutes in pre-season. Matt Smith has only played 45 minutes for Manchester City and then 20 for us at the weekend – so it was the first real competitive minutes for those two for a while.
“A lot of the other boys needed those minutes, too, like Brandon Fleming who has struggled in recent weeks with a virus and I’m so pleased to see him come through the 90.”