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McCann: Carry on the Momentum

26 November 2021

“Keep the momentum going” is the message from Grant McCann as his in-form Tigers take on the Lions of Millwall.

Three straight wins and clean sheets have lifted his resurgent team up to 19th in the Championship standings.

Well-deserved 2-0 victories over Barnsley and Birmingham City were followed by a gritty, hard-fought 1-0 success at Cardiff City in midweek.

McCann wants his team to keep building and believes Gary Rowett’s difficult-to-beat Millwall will pose a similar test to the last two his side have faced.

“Over the last three games, it’s been really impressive in terms of the response from the group,” said McCann.

“Nine points is a lovely turnaround from where we were but we want to carry it on now and continue to build on what we’ve shown over the last three games and see if we can do it again.

“Birmingham, Cardiff, Millwall – in terms of their style of play, they’re all quite similar, systems similar as well, physical teams, strong.

“Millwall are a team with a lot of experience at this level in their XI. Aggressive centre-halves, good footballers in midfield, a front three that can cause anybody problems in this division, with Benik Afobe, Mason Bennett and Jed Wallace.

“It’s another tough game for us but one we’re looking forward to.

“We want to keep the momentum going and we want to also make sure we stick to what we’ve shown in the last three games and be defensively strong and sound.

“If we do that again, we’ll give ourselves the best chance to get three points.”

McCann believes the performances of his central midfield trio have been integral to the team’s upturn in results, highlighting the impact of George Honeyman since his return to form and fitness.

“Richie Smallwood, Greg Docherty and George Honeyman have been outstanding over the last three or four games,” McCann said.

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“Their performance levels have gone up a notch. You’ve got to remember this is Greg’s first time playing at this level.

“Richie was deemed probably not at the level when he was at Blackburn, hence why we got him in League One, but I think he’s showing everyone he is at this level.

“George is top class and showing everybody what he is about. He is a very, very important player for us, both on the pitch and off the pitch.

“The way the midfield three have structured over the last three or four games, they’ve got better and better and they’re used to playing each other a lot from last season.

“They’re the heartbeat of everything we do, in and out of possession, and George has added to that now and is feeling stronger, feeling fitter, feeling sharper.

“George is very, very influential in terms of what we do on the pitch, off the pitch and every day around the training ground.

“The performance levels of those three have definitely helped us in terms of the performance and the results over the last three games.”

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