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McCann: ‘Be Good Out Of Possession’

12 February 2021

Grant McCann says Hull City will need to be disciplined off the ball to combat MK Dons’ possession-based style.

Russell Martin’s side head to the KCOM Stadium in 14th place on the back of a 4-1 win at Rochdale, a match in which they had 68% possession.

The Dons had 64% of the ball when they hosted the Tigers back in November, but a Josh Magennis brace and a James Scott header earned the visitors a 3-1 victory.

McCann doesn’t expect MK to alter their approach this weekend and believes an entertaining game lies in store.

“They’re a good footballing team,” said McCann. “It’s their DNA there. It’s what Russell Martin wants.

“When I’ve even played against Milton Keynes when Karl Robinson was the manager there, they’ve always been a good football team.

“They always want to get the ball down and play, try and hurt you that way. With Russell there now, the DNA has stayed.

“In the first game, defensively, I thought we were good, like we have been all season. We’re the best in the league with the clean sheets we’ve kept.

“The other side of the game, we were clinical. Two really good goals from Magennis on the day and a good goal from James Scott from a set-play to win us the game.

“There are going to be games where you’ve got to dig in, games where you’ll have the ball, games where it’s going to be 50/50.

“This is probably going to be a game where MK Dons will want to dominate the game. They’ll want to dominate the ball.

“We’ll have to be good out of possession to enable us to hurt them at the other end.

“We’re a football team, we like to play as well.

“I think it’ll be an entertaining game, a similar sort of game to Lincoln – two teams that want to play football, two teams that want to create chances.”

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