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McCann: We Should Have Been Out Of Sight

20 February 2021

Grant McCann felt Hull City should have been out of sight by half-time in the pulsating 3-3 draw with Doncaster Rovers.

Two Mallik Wilks headers put the Tigers 2-0 ahead inside 24 minutes and although Reece James pulled one back, another header from Jacob Greaves made it 3-1 before the break.

But Rovers were the dominant force in the second half, with Omar Bogle converting a 67th-minute penalty and James Coppinger equalising in the 102nd minute with a sublime free-kick.

“We should have been out of sight in the first half,” said McCann.

“We had two cleared off the line, we were the team in the ascendancy. We were creating chances at will every time we went forward.

“Every time we had a set-play, I thought we were going to score. We didn’t take the opportunities.

“When you’re 2-0 up or 3-1 up, it gives the opposition an opportunity to reset or regroup at half-time.

“Second half, we went away from the things we were doing in the first half. The press wasn’t right, we lacked a bit of intensity in our game.

“It felt stop-start, every time we challenged there was a free-kick given to Doncaster.

“Doncaster were good in the second half – I have to give them credit, they were good.

“We didn’t get our shape right and at times we pressed out of our shape. We didn’t get the press right.

“They found the ball into Bogle too easily in the second half. He was getting hold of things and there were runners off him.

"We went away from what we were doing in the first half. We didn’t get on the ball as much, the centre-halves didn’t look to get on the ball, Matty (Ingram) was kicking things.

“These are things I need to look at and assess to get us back to where I know we can be and what we’ve seen against Wigan and 50 minutes today.”

George Honeyman was stretchered off with his head in a neck brace in the closing stages but McCann said it was too early to know the severity of the injury.

“As he was on the floor, it didn’t look good for George,” said McCann.

“I don’t think (Jason) Lokilo is that kind of player but his arms are raised, it’s into George’s neck.

“George is in a neck brace and going to be assessed at the hospital.

“The physios and the doctor couldn’t take any risks with him. He was in very strong pain in and around his neck area.

“We’re hoping and wishing George the best of luck and hoping it’s nothing serious.”

Honeyman’s midfield partner Greg Docherty was also withdrawn early in the second half through injury, with McCann commenting: “It is a bit of a groin problem for Doc.

“We’re hoping it’s not too bad and doesn’t take him out for too long. We’ll assess him over the next 48 hours.”

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