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A Calm & Mature Performance - McCann

13 March 2021

Grant McCann spoke of the calm and mature style of his Hull City side’s performance following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Oxford United at the KCOM Stadium.

Keane Lewis-Potter was the man on target as he bagged a brace to move the Tigers six points clear at the top of the Sky Bet League One table, and Head Coach McCann was again pleased with what he saw from his players as they racked up a fifth successive win.

“It was another good performance from us and another good win for us,” said McCann.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the response that the players have shown since the disappointment we had here against Ipswich – five wins, 12 goals scored and just one conceded – it’s been a mammoth effort from everybody involved but particularly the players.

“Again we have shown a real calmness and maturity in our performance, and against a good Oxford team. They play in a certain way, which is difficult to play against at times, and they have good players throughout the team. I thought we were excellent, though, and broke with real pace. If I want to be a bit critical, we could have had more goals today but we’ll take a 2-0 win, three points and we’ll move on to the next game.

“It’s the first time this season that we’ve won five in a row in the league which is testament to the players and everybody that is working hard to get us results.”

Speaking about Lewis-Potter, who scored a goal in each half as he moved into double figures for the season, McCann added: “I thought Keane was excellent today. He started the game brightly. 

“Keane and Mallik Wilks are young players. James Scott, too. They’ll have ups and downs in a season and sometimes they’ll have moments when they feel a little low on confidence if their performances aren’t quite there.

“We took Keane out of the team last weekend and put him on the bench and I just felt that would be good for him, just to freshen him up a little bit. He’s come back in and scored against Peterborough where his performance was excellent, and then today he went up a notch. He was up against a very experienced player in Anthony Forde and he caused him all kinds of problems. I was very pleased with Keane’s performance.

“It was a tremendous pass from Lewie Coyle for the first goal. When Keane goes up against a defender one-on-one, it’s really hard for them to defend because he can go either way – on his left or his right. As soon as he came inside I knew he was scoring because I see him do it every day in training. It was the same with the second goal and it was really pleasing to see.”

McCann had good news about Coyle afterwards, too. The right back was taken off in the final ten minutes after a heavy accidental collision but, other than a slight black eye, there was no other damage.

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