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McCann Praises Performance Levels after Birmingham Victory

20 November 2021

Grant McCann praised the performance levels and togetherness of his Hull City players following the comfortable 2-0 victory over 10-man Birmingham City.

George Honeyman’s disputed 17th-minute tap-in and Mallik Wilks’ second-half header, either side of Gary Gardner’s dismissal for a headbutt on Josh Magennis, secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

“It was a good performance from start to finish,” said McCann.

“Maybe the last 20 minutes or so we got a little bit sloppy in terms of our passing and concentration levels, but for a large part of that game we were in control.

“Even up to the sending off, I thought we were in control of the game.

“I’m really pleased because it’s been a tough week with injuries and a last-minute phone call from Callum Elder this morning who was not feeling too well.

“We’ve had all the fit and available defenders on the pitch today, the back three.

“I was pleased with the performance levels and the togetherness of the group to go and get the 2-0 victory.”

Blues were furious the opening goal was allowed to stand after the ball appeared to go out of play in the build-up, with McCann commenting: “The linesman was on the far side of the pitch and it’s very difficult to see if it is out or not.

“If it’s out, it’s a bit of luck of course, but we still have to pull the back and we still have to finish it.

“There was almost a bit of a quiet moment, I don’t think people could believe it was a goal, but sometimes you need those little bits of luck.

“We got a wee bit of a break with that decision but the important thing for us today was the performance levels were really good.

“Two weeks ago, (we recorded a victory) against Barnsley, we’ve taken that into today and got another good win.”

On Elder’s absence, McCann added: “It’s just a bug for Callum. He wasn’t feeling too great this morning.

“He’s been halfway around the world and jet lag hits people differently – maybe that’s something to do with it. He trained Thursday and Friday.

“We just got a phone call this morning saying he wasn’t right for the game. We made a decision of leaving him anyway because what we didn’t want to do was play him in the game when he wasn’t 100% and something else happens to Callum and we miss him for longer.”

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