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McCann: ‘It’s Been A Good Two Weeks’

19 November 2021

Grant McCann says his side will be looking to build on their recent performances against West Bromwich Albion and Barnsley as they prepare to take on Birmingham City at the MKM Stadium.

The Tigers were unfortunate to not come away with a point from The Hawthorns, before they secured a well-deserved three points just before the international break against Barnsley.

McCann says it has been a productive two-week break on the back of those two away games.

“It’s been a good two weeks on the back of two very good performances at West Brom and Barnsley,” McCann said.

“It’s given us something to work on and to digest. We know that when we’re defensively sound, the structure of the team is good, we’re organised and hard to beat, then we’ve got players in this team who can go and hurt others at the top end of the pitch.”

The Tigers return to action against Lee Bowyer’s Birmingham at the MKM Stadium, and McCann is looking forward to coming up against his former teammate in the dugout once again.

“I think they’ve (Birmingham) had a good start,” McCann added.

“They’ve won three of their last four games. I’ve always been a huge fan of Lee Bowyer - I like him as a person. I actually played with him for a bit at West Ham as well when I was quite young.

“I’ve known him for quite a few years and I seem to have played against his teams quite a lot over the last few years, whether that be at Doncaster or Hull.

“We’ve got a good insight into how he likes his teams to play. Whatever system he decides to play, his style of play never changes.”

Bowyer has an abundance of attacking options to choose from at Birmingham, with the likes of Scott Hogan, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Troy Deeney all available for selection, but McCann insists that his players are ready for the challenge and will remain focused on themselves.

“They’re a physical, experienced team,” McCann added.

“They depend a lot on long throws and set-plays. It’s going to be a demanding game for us but one that we’re looking forward to. We want to try and build off the three points we got against Barnsley and see if we can do it again against Birmingham.”

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