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McCann: ‘We’re looking forward to the challenge’

21 January 2022

Grant McCann believes his players will have to produce an even better performance than they did against Blackburn Rovers if they are to secure back-to-back wins against AFC Bournemouth.

Goals from George Honeyman and Tom Eaves were enough to secure all three points against Rovers, and McCann is hoping for more of the same at the Vitality Stadium.

“We had to get a lot of things right to beat Blackburn,” said McCann.

“We had to ride our luck a little bit, particularly at the start of the second half, and we had to defend strongly. After that, we got a bit more control into the game and we looked a threat again.

“We’re going to have to be better than what we showed on Wednesday night to go and win at Bournemouth, that’s for sure. They’re a very strong team in the division - Premier League players all through their team, internationals all through their team, very strong at home.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge. These are the games you look forward to, that give everyone that motivation to do what we did last season, to play against top players at Bournemouth, in front of a packed house. It’s going to be a good game.”

One player who has been impressing for the Tigers is midweek goalscorer Eaves, and McCann is keen for the 30-year-old striker to maintain his current form.

“He’s been good, Tom, particularly two of the last three games,” added McCann.

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“We’re hoping for more of the same from him. He’s playing with a lot of confidence at the minute. He’s looking strong, he’s training fantastically well, he’s physically looking good, he’s playing with freedom.

“We’ve seen it on numerous occasions from Tom that when he’s on his game, he’s very difficult to deal with. Hopefully he can continue that form and we can get another big performance out of him, if selected, tomorrow.”

Another player that McCann was keen to pick out was Sean McLoughlin, as the defender continues to impress with his performances in the heart of defence for the Tigers.

“Very, very good,” said McCann when asked about the 25-year-old’s recent performances.

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“Very calm on the ball, talks, leads, starts all of our attacks. Defensively, Sean has been excellent – big blocks in games. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him get a call-up for the Ireland squad soon; Stephen Kenny was watching on Wednesday evening.

“He’s in top form and the biggest thing about Sean is how modest he is, how calm he is. All of last season, he had to wait very patiently behind Jacob Greaves, but he’s consistently working on his game, no dramas, didn’t throw his toys out of the pram, nothing, just focusing on trying to improve and get better.”

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