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McCann: ‘It’s a special tournament’

7 January 2022

Grant McCann insists his side will be fully focused on trying to get through to the next round of the FA Cup when the Tigers come up against Premier League outfit Everton at the MKM Stadium.

Having not played at home since mid-December against Bristol City, McCann is looking forward to being back at the MKM and believes the support of the home fans could play a key role in helping his side cause an upset.

“We see it as an opportunity to try and get through to the next round,” said McCann. 

“We understand that they are littered with quality all the way through their team but we’re at home and expecting a big following. We want to go and give it a go and see if we can get ourselves into the next round.” 

Having been in the crowd when the Tigers took on Arsenal in the final of the competition back in 2014, McCann is adamant the FA Cup remains a special competition and one the biggest clubs in the country still take very seriously. 

“It’s a competition that a lot of the big clubs in the Premier League would love to win,” said McCann. 

“This football club in particular knows all about the FA Cup. It’s a special tournament to many. We’ll look forward to the game and go and give it our best shot.” 

It has been a tough start to the season for Rafael Benitez and Everton in the Premier League, but McCann says they will still prove to be very tough opponents for the Tigers, no matter how strong a team they decide to field.  

“They haven’t won as many games as they would’ve wanted, but over the last eight or nine games they’ve beaten Arsenal and drawn with Chelsea and Tottenham, so they’re a good team,” added McCann. 

“It’s just not going their way at this moment in time. Whichever 11 players they put onto the pitch, they’re going to be internationals and top-class players. We want to try and keep the focus on ourselves.” 

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