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McCann: Stand Up To The Physical Challenge

5 February 2021

Grant McCann says Hull City will need to be prepared for a physical battle against bottom club Burton Albion.

The Brewers are seven points from safety at the foot of League One and recently appointed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as manager for a second spell.

The Dutchman, who guided Albion to the League Two title in 2014/15, recruited nine players during a busy January transfer window as he set about moulding his own team.

And McCann is expecting a different Burton to the one beaten 2-0 at the KCOM back in November.

“There’s been a bit of a change at Burton since the last time we played them,” said McCann.

“They brought in nine players in the January window. There’s been a turnaround of players there, a new manager has come in and there’s a different style from the last manager, Jake Buxton.

“They’ve lost one (1-0 at home to Ipswich) and won one (1-0 at Gillingham) in the two games Jimmy’s been there. We’ve seen two different sides to them.

“There’s going to be a bit of freshness from their team with new players coming in, wanting to put their mark down early.

 “One thing I know for sure is we’re going to have to be good in terms of our physicality in the game.

“I’ve played against Jimmy’s teams over the years and they’re always very competitive. First ball, second ball, really organised. We have to be good on that side of the game.

“If we can get that bit right, and our quality shines through at the other end, then we can get the result we want.”

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