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McCann: ‘We Aren’t Taking These Games Lightly’

27 February 2021

Hull City travel to struggling AFC Wimbledon this afternoon in the first of three matches against teams battling relegation.

The fifth-bottom Dons lifted themselves out of the drop zone with a last-gasp 1-0 victory over Gillingham in midweek.

It was a first win in six at their new Plough Lane home and second in four games under recently-appointed Head Coach Mark Robinson, who has replaced ex-Tiger Glyn Hodges.

Following the trip to the capital, Hull City will host a Rochdale side level on points with Wimbledon, as well as the team immediately below the Dons in the table, Bristol Rovers.

And Grant McCann says the Tigers cannot afford to take anyone lightly, irrespective of their league position.

“We’re at a stage of the season where people are fighting for a lot of different things,” McCann said.

“We find ourselves up against three teams in and around the bottom end of the league.

“From the outside looking in, people will go, ‘Hull should win those three games’.

“But we know we’ll have to be good to win the games. These teams are fighting for their lives. We aren’t taking these games lightly.

“The next one is Wimbledon and a new manager has gone in there.

“They’ve changed their shape and system a little bit but their style of play has been quite consistent throughout the season.

“They’re a footballing team. They like to get the ball down and play but they’ve also got the option of going into (Joe) Pigott, who, for me, is one of the best number nines in the division.

“We’ve got to be aware of his threat. They’ve got good players and they can cause you problems if you’re not right.

“Hopefully it’s a good footballing game and we can go there and play with a smile on our face and embrace it.”

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