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McCann: ‘A Positive Day’

26 July 2021

Grant McCann hailed a “positive day” after Hull City supporters made their long-awaited return for the pre-season friendlies against Mansfield and Scunthorpe.

After 504 days, fans finally got the chance to watch their team again as the Tigers welcomed Mansfield to the MKM Stadium – the first home game with supporters since February 2020.

Josh Magennis netted in a 2-1 defeat but the Hull City faithful were treated to victory in the day’s second game as Andy Cannon’s thunderbolt secured a 1-0 win at Scunthorpe.

And the boss, who split his squad between the two matches, was pleased with what he got out of them.

“It was a positive day,” said McCann. “Most of the group got 90 minutes in their legs, which was the key thing for us.

“No injuries, which is always a plus when you play two games in the space of a day.

“The first game, there were some really good bits but it was probably that last bit at the top end of the pitch, where we didn’t take our chances, that was missing.

“I was pleased with most of the performances and it was good play for our goal. That’s what Josh wants – them balls between the posts. It was a good ball from Matty Jacob to find him.

“It was nice to see Olly Green come on and make a real impact for us – he was outstanding when he came on.

“Against Scunthorpe, the first half was a bit slow, stop-start, the pitch was a bit dry for both teams.

“In the second half, we showed a bit more grit and determination going towards our fans.

"It was brilliant to see them back - at both games. The atmosphere was brilliant, particularly at Scunthorpe because it’s quite tight. You could hear them behind the goal.

“For the boys to play in front of the fans again, and get used to that, was great. The fans never stopped singing the whole game.

“I was pleased to see the goal go in at that end and what a strike it was from Andy. It was a good move, good play from Ryan Longman and a lovely little set. Andy couldn’t have hit it sweeter.

“He nearly scored just before that and I’m pleased for him because he’s come in and getting used to the system and how we play – but he suits it.

“All in all, it was a really positive day.”

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