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McCann: Another good win

27 November 2021

Grant McCann sung the praises of his players after the resurgent Tigers defeated Millwall 2-1 to make it four straight wins.

George Honeyman’s improvised header on his 100th Hull City appearance was cancelled out by Tom Bradshaw’s bending finish just before half-time.

Brighton loanee Ryan Longman’s first goal for the club put the Tigers back in front and his side produced a resolute rearguard action to hold out for the three points.

“It was another good win,” said McCann.

“I thought we started the game quite well. It was obviously nice to score the first goal again, which was well worked – a great ball from 'Greavesy' (Jacob Greaves), a good finish from George.

“We were disappointed to concede when we conceded but sometimes you’ve got to hold your hands up and say, ‘it’s a good bit of play from Millwall’. It was good play from (Benik) Afobe and a great finish from Bradshaw.

“The changing room was a little bit down at half-time because of it but we picked them up. We said, ‘we can’t affect that, it’s gone, let’s see if we can start the second half well’.

“We done that and we’ve scored off another corner, albeit the second phase, but I was pleased we were alive in the box, Josh (Magennis) has got a shot off and Ryan has tapped it in.

“We had to be strong at the end. Millwall, when they bring (Matt) Smith on, they’re dangerous, in terms of balls coming into your box.

“He’s phenomenal in the air so we had to be good on second balls. Most of the time we were and I thought we limited them to not many real efforts at our goal, although we didn’t have many ourselves.

“But we’re just pleased with another three points.”

The goal for Honeyman was his third in four matches and McCann was delighted with the midfielder’s energetic display.

“He’s scored three goals now – all of them he’s arrived in that sort of position,” McCann said.

“George’s performance levels again were very high in terms of his energy and application to the game and he’s getting his just rewards.

“He’s very important to the way we play.”

Having provided assists in the previous two games, Longman popped up with the winner after Magennis’ effort was saved, and McCann was pleased to see him open his Tigers account.

“Ryan’s been really good,” McCann added. “His performance levels keep getting better and better.

“He’s deserved that. He’s started three games and set two up and scored once. He’s contributing and we just hope his performance levels can stay like that.”

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