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McCann’s Coventry Reaction

30 October 2021

Grant McCann lamented his team’s defending for Matt Godden’s decisive first-half goal as Hull City were beaten 1-0 by Coventry City.

The striker headed home Ian Maatsen’s delivery to give the Sky Blues a ninth-minute lead which the Tigers were unable to overturn.

McCann was frustrated to again concede the opening goal in a game but admitted the performance of his side could have been better.

“The goal was very disappointing,” McCann said.

“As a collective, it’s poor from us. We don’t stop the cross and we allow someone free on our box.

“I’ll need to watch it back to see whether Matty could have got a stronger hand onto it but it ends up in the back of our net. After that, there’s not much in the game.

“They’re a good team, Coventry. They’re in the top four and the benchmark that we want to try and get to. It may seem a long way off at this present time.

“They’re a team who stayed up in their first year and now you can see them developing and moving up the division.

“For us, we felt we did OK in the game. It was more of a boxing match – they attack, we attack.

“There was nothing really clear-cut after that but we can’t keep giving ourselves that mountain to climb, conceding first, and we did it again today.”

McCann continued: “We weren’t where we can be today. There’s no point of hiding behind it – we know we can be much better than that.

“There was nothing in the game in everything, whether it was shots, possession. Ultimately, we didn’t take the opportunities that came our way.

“We have to keep working, keep understanding what we’re doing wrong at this present time and try to rectify it.”

Captain Richie Smallwood was withdrawn at half-time, while George Honeyman was left out of the matchday squad.

McCann explained: Richie’s got a nasty cut under his eye so we took him off at half-time.

“George has had a sickness and diarrhoea bug for the last few days, been very weak.

“He was in today, did a light session this morning. There’s no injury for George, he’ll be fine for Wednesday (at West Bromwich Albion).”

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