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McCann’s Luton Reaction

23 October 2021

Grant McCann bemoaned his side’s slow start and wastefulness in the final third as Hull City were beaten 1-0 at Luton Town.

Elijah Adebayo’s first-half header condemned the Tigers to a third successive reverse at Kenilworth Road.

“We didn’t start well,” McCann admitted. “They were better than us in the first half. They did the basics better than us.

“It’s something we spoke to the players about before the game. We said we have to start well at these places. It’s a tight pitch, they’ll press you, they’ll get against you.

“We didn’t do well enough today, particularly first half. Second half, we got better. We were penned in their half a lot in the second half.

“But, ultimately, you don’t win games of football unless you keep clean sheets and score goals. At the minute, we’re struggling to do both.”

McCann continued: “In the second half, we had some really good opportunities to score, and we don’t. At the end of the day, I take full responsibility for it.

“We need to be better in the final third. There’s no question about it, we need to be better in terms of the chances we get, we need to take them.

“It’s just decision making at the last minute. It’s about clearing your head and finding the net. We had so many opportunities in the second half today.

“I say it every week and it sounds like I’m a broken record. People will probably think he’s saying the same thing again but it’s there to see. In the second half, we played really well but we just couldn’t find a goal.

“We have to continue to try and get the confidence into the forward players, midfield players, whoever it may be in those scenarios at each time in the game. We have to try and get it right the next time we play.”

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