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McCann: Confidence Has Been Renewed

19 February 2021

Grant McCann says his players will head to Doncaster with renewed confidence following the resounding victory over Wigan.

A Mallik Wilks hat-trick and efforts from Keane Lewis-Potter and Josh Magennis secured a thumping 5-0 win at the DW Stadium.

It was Hull City’s biggest victory of the season and first in four league outings, also ending a three-game goalless run.

And McCann is hoping the team can take the belief gained from that result into tomorrow’s game.   

“The mood in the camp has always been good, the boys come in in high spirits all the time,” said McCann.

“What the result at Wigan will have done is give them a renewed confidence and be a monkey off the back a little bit, with the goals that have gone in.

“We’re pleased with the result at Wigan but the games come thick and fast and there’s no time to dwell – win, lose or draw.

“We’ll focus on the next game, the next challenge. Doncaster away is a challenge, like every game is, for many different reasons.

“We’ll go there and try to play with the confidence we showed at the DW Stadium and come away with another good result.”

The victory against Wigan lifted Hull City back into the automatic promotion places and established a four-point cushion over fifth-placed Doncaster, albeit having played three games more.

Rovers’ form has tailed off of late with three straight defeats, although before then Darren Moore’s men had won nine in 10.

And McCann says the Tigers, who won the reverse fixture 2-1 thanks to a late Tom Eaves goal, will have to be on their guard.

“They’ve got good players right through the team,” McCann commented. “That’s the reason they’re in the position they’re in.

“Defensively, they’re good. They don’t concede many goals and haven’t this season.

“Midfield, they’ve got a variety of different options. They’ve got five or six players who can play in there.

“In the forward areas, they’ve recruited as well. Josh Sims has come back from Southampton and is a good player, Jon Taylor I played with at Peterborough and Omar Bogle I signed for Peterborough and brought him in on loan.

“There’s quite a variety of threats they’ve got. We know about them.

“Our job is to make sure we go and perform and get our own performance right to try and win the game.”

For McCann, it will be his first trip back to the Keepmoat Stadium since leaving for Hull City in June 2019.

The Northern Irishman guided Rovers to the League One play-offs during his only season in charge in 2018/19, but insists he is approaching this game like any other.

“I had a tremendous year at Doncaster,” McCann said.

“I enjoyed every single minute of it, with the players, with the staff, with the owners – brilliant people – chief executive Gavin Baldwin, the secretary Mary Lally. Tremendous people at that football club and also the fans.

“But I’m here now. This is just another game for me. It’s another game where we want to take the three points if we can.”

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