Grant McCann was full of praise for his team’s determined performance after the uplifting 2-0 victory over third-placed Blackburn Rovers.
Goals from George Honeyman and Tom Eaves ended Rovers’ 10-match unbeaten league run and ensured a dream start to the Acun Ilıcalı era on a historic night at a jubilant MKM Stadium.
“It was a very good win,” said McCann.
“After the disappointment of the last game here against Stoke, I thought we raised our game ever so well.
“We played against the in-form team in the division in Blackburn; an unbelievable job Tony Mowbray has done this season.
“We’ve kept them quiet, albeit probably a 15-20-minute spell at the beginning of the second half where they came strong.
“We had to stand up against it. We had to make a lot of blocks. We had to make sure we were defending our box.
“I couldn’t be more pleased for the players.
“It felt nice. The stadium was bouncing, it was rocking, obviously with the news beforehand, which has excited every fan I’m sure.
“It felt like a proper game and we more than matched a very good Blackburn team and taken the three points.”
McCann continued: “Tactically, we were really good. The boys delivered the plan to a tee.
“We wanted to change a little bit and play with two 10s with Honeyman and Keane (Lewis-Potter) in behind Tom Eaves.
“They are one of the strongest teams in the league in the midfield area so we wanted to try and smother than area. It worked well for us for the first goal.”