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McCann’s West Brom Reaction

4 November 2021

Grant McCann was pleased with the defensive performance of his team against West Brom but bemoaned the “mistake” that led to Albion’s winning goal.

Karlan Grant’s 69th-minute goal, after the Tigers were caught in possession on the edge of the box, condemned the visitors to a third successive 1-0 defeat.

“I couldn’t have asked for more from the boys tonight,” said McCann.

“I thought they were excellent in terms of what we asked them to do and the game plan. Defensively sound, the shape, the structure of the team was excellent.

“If I had one critical element of our play, the last pass at times to get Mallik (Wilks), Keane (Lewis-Potter) and (Josh) Magennis in was a little bit lacking. When we did, we looked threatening.

“We defended manfully all game. It’s a mistake from us that’s cost us.

“That’s what West Brom want to do. We drummed into the players that we wanted to play over the press, we wanted to play down the sides of the press – we didn’t want to play into their press, and we did it. It’s cost us the game.

“What I said to the players was that if we keep performing like that, in terms of what you’ve shown tonight... the attitude, the determination, the shape, defensively sound and organised.

“Set-plays, I thought we were magnificent against one of the best teams in the league at set-plays. We defended everything that came into our box manfully.

“We had two or three magnificent chances to equalise right at the end. Ryan Longman possibly should have shot first time on his left foot. Keano on another day scores; I think he just lost sight on the ball in the floodlight as the ball comes in there.

“I was proud of the performance of the team but obviously disappointed with the mistake.”

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