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McCann: ‘We Stuck To The Task Very Well’

2 March 2021

Grant McCann reflected on a good night’s work after Hull City comfortably saw off Rochdale.

Mallik Wilks’ 19th goal of the season and an own goal from Gabriel Osho sealed a straightforward 2-0 win over struggling Dale, who finished with 10 men after Conor Shaughnessy’s 77th-minute dismissal.

“It’s another clean sheet, two goals scored, three points, another goal for Mallik,” said McCann.

“The win tonight puts us on the same amount of home wins as we’ve had away (nine).

“Communication, distances of the team were very good. When we broke, we were good and looked like we could score more attacks.

“Although we didn’t, it was nice to see we looked really threatening at the top end of the pitch.

“Rochdale are a good footballing team. Considering where they are in the league, they score a lot of goals and they try to entice you into positions you don’t really want to be going in.

“The position the centre midfielder picks up in that left-back position, almost starts every attack for them.

“We had to be good, organised. We had to understand what wanted to do in terms of the game plan and we stuck to the task very well.

“No shots on target (for Rochdale), defensively really organised and clinical at the top end of the pitch to win the game.”

McCann made one change from the weekend win against AFC Wimbledon, with Gavin Whyte replacing Josh Magennis, who missed out through injury.

The boss explained: “There was a tackle in the first half against AFC Wimbledon and Josh got pulled up for a free-kick when he actually got crushed to the floor on his ankle.

“He did well to carry on at Wimbledon but his ankle is up, bruised, swollen.

“We gave him as long as he possibly needed. He came in for a fitness test this morning but didn’t quite make it.

“Hopefully he’ll be OK for the weekend.”

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