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McCann Bemoans Lack Of Quality In Accrington Defeat

26 January 2021

Grant McCann bemoaned a lack of quality in the final third as Hull City fell to a 2-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley.

Second-half goals from Dion Charles and Matt Butcher condemned the Tigers to a first defeat in seven matches and the boss had no complaints about the result.

“The first half was more of a first ball, second ball, real aggression type of game, not much quality from both teams,” said McCann.

“In the second half, Accrington showed more quality than us, hence why they got the two goals.

“We were disappointed with our lack of quality tonight.

“We got into some decent areas but we just didn’t find the last pass, the last shot. Our touch was off at times, we were a bit loose in possession.

“We deserved to lose the game. Accrington were better than us in the second half.

“We just lacked a bit of quality in the final third. We didn’t get anything going in the final third in terms of our play, our rhythm.

“Accrington made it difficult for us. We didn’t get one v ones enough, two v twos, three v threes.

“We didn’t pass forward quick enough. When we did get in there, we didn’t look like scoring.

“It’s frustrating for us, it’s disappointing. But we can’t dwell on it, we’ve got to move on to the next game.”

Of concern to McCann will be the injury sustained by influential midfielder George Honeyman, who was withdrawn in the second half after receiving a knock to his shin.

McCann admitted: “We’re concerned because it’s quite a nasty kicked that he’s taken."

"It looked like the lad went over the ball. You could hear it from the dugout – it was a big whack on his shin.

“We are concerned but we’ll see how he is over the next few days.”

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