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McCann: We Have To Guard Against Complacency

29 January 2021

Grant McCann has warned his players against complacency ahead of Swindon Town’s visit to the KCOM Stadium.

John Sheridan’s Robins are languishing in the relegation zone, third bottom and two points from safety, but did beat the Tigers 2-1 at the County Ground in October.

McCann doesn’t believe that result will have any bearing on tomorrow’s match – citing a number of personnel changes – but admits he has been impressed by Town’s recent away form.

“From the last time we played them, there’s been a change of manager, a change of personnel,” said McCann.

“The team is completely different. I don’t think the last game counts for anything for this game.

“We know they’re a difficult team to play against us, particularly when they’re away from home.

“You’ve seen them go to Charlton and draw (2-2) – they were 2-0 up and Charlton scored late to equalise. They went to Ipswich and won (3-2).

“We’ve got to guard against any more complacency – any complacency whatsoever – and we have to make sure we bring our 'A' Game to win the game.

“We’re at home and we want to be on the front foot, we want to take the game to them.

“But we understand there are strengths in their team. They’re a team that look like they’ve got the shackles off when they go away from home, particularly given their last couple of away performances and away results.”

The vastly-experienced Sheridan succeeded Richie Wellens in November and has managed 10 different clubs and taken charge of almost 700 matches.

And McCann doesn’t expect the 56-year-old to make life easy for his Hull City team, who can make it four wins from five at home.

“I like John – he wears his heart on his sleeve,” McCann added. “I managed against him when he was at Notts County, a couple of FA Cup games for Peterborough.

“I know what he’s about – really passionate, wants to get his teams fired up. They’ll get after you, they’ll be about you.

“We’ll approach it as we always do with every game; we’ll respect the opposition but also look at areas where feel we can hurt them.”

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