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McCann Looks Ahead To Barnsley Trip

5 November 2021

Grant McCann says his players are determined to head into the two-week international break on the back of a positive result against Barnsley at Oakwell.

The Tigers are looking to end a run of five consecutive defeats in the Championship, while managerless Barnsley halted their own torrid run of seven straight defeats by beating Derby County in midweek.

“It’s a big game for us and Barnsley given the league positions of both teams at this point,” said McCann.

“We want to go there and try and take the three points. We have to go there and give a good account of ourselves.

“We’re coming up against a team who are one of the best pressing teams in the division, statistically. They’re quite similar in their style of play to West Brom. They have a similar sort of shape.

“It’s going to be a good game. We’ll have quite a few fans there and it’s a bit of a local derby as well. We just want to try and send the fans home happy with three points.”

Having been left frustrated with the mistake that led to West Brom’s winning goal in midweek, McCann believes the overall performance was one that can be built on.

“We have to make sure we cut out these silly mistakes that we’re making at the minute, as it’s costing us games,” McCann added.

“In the last three games, we’ve made mistakes that have cost us. We also had real opportunities in all of those games to take chances ourselves.

“We have to continue to be strong defensively because when we do that, we give ourselves the best opportunity to win. It’s difficult at the minute because we are snatching at things and things aren’t going our way. We have to take our chances when they come.

“We’ve got to stay calm and focused. We’ve got to go and try and see if we can finish off this little busy period of games we’ve had with three points to take into the international break.”

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