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McCann delighted with defensive resilience

25 November 2021

Grant McCann was full of praise for how his team dealt with Cardiff City’s aerial bombardment in the gritty 1-0 victory over the Bluebirds.

In-form Keane Lewis-Potter’s 15th-minute header after a Ryan Longman flick on from a George Honeyman corner earned Hull City a third consecutive win and clean sheet.

The tenacious Tigers had to withstand spells of intense Cardiff pressure after the break, with James Collins rattling the frame of the goal in stoppage time.

And McCann, whose side also hit the post through Jacob Greaves’ header, was delighted with the defensive resilience.

“Cardiff is a tough place to come and we knew it was going to be a tough game for us but I thought we were good,” said McCann.

“Defensively, we were really good in terms of what we done. Our shape and our structure were good and we scored a good goal off a set-play.

“We had to stand firm at the end of the game – a lot of balls coming into our box, a lot of big players on the pitch for Cardiff – but I thought the lads stuck to the task really well.

“We know they’ve got a big centre-forward in Kieffer Moore and he’s dangerous from crosses and balls wide are always coming into the box.

“We had to be good in terms of trying to stop crosses, we had to be good at defending the first ball, the second ball and being around to pick that up.

“For the majority of the time, we were. Maybe one lapse of concentration where Collins has got free in the second half and we maybe got under the ball a little bit.

“But apart from that, I thought defensively we looked very, very good as a team.

“For us to keep three clean sheets in a row with three wins, it’s a plus for us and we look forward to the game on Saturday (against Millwall).”

Callum Elder returned to the starting XI after missing the Birmingham victory through illness but was forced off on the stroke of half-time with a head injury.

McCann explained: “Callum’s fine – it was more precautionary. We’re not ruling him out for the weekend yet. He passed a few tests in the dressing room and we’ll see how he is in the next day or two.”

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