Hull City

Grant McCann On A Good Point At Millwall

31 August 2019
Grant McCann felt the point that his Hull City side took from Saturday’s trip to Millwall was a good one, while he also felt that his players had been hard done to on the day.

Kamil Grosicki cancelled out Jed Wallace’s penalty as it finished 1-1 at The Den, although that was only half of the story as the Tigers ended the game with only nine players left on the field. Jon Toral pulled up injured after all three substitutes had been used, before Josh Magennis was sent off in added time for a second bookable offence.

“I thought we answered a lot of questions today,” said McCann.

“We’ve been hit from pillar to post defensively in terms of the questions that I’ve taken since being at the Club. Today we showed how dogged and how defensive we can be at what is a very tough ground to go to.

“Neil Harris has got Millwall playing tremendously at home, they’re really hard to play against. However, I thought we had the better chances in the game, especially in the first half. Jarrod had a great chance at the back post, Kevin Stewart had a chance three yards out, and then in the second half we showed a real dogged display when having only ten men on the pitch for the last 20 minutes when Jon Toral went off and then, of course, nine men in added time.

“It’s a good point. A point at Millwall at any stage of the season is a good point. We felt we had a referee that got sucked into the occasion a little bit and we had a very disappointed Jarrod Bowen in the changing room afterwards having been booked for diving – that will never be associated with my players. Watching it back, he’s been stood on. He’s one of the best wide players in the league, if he goes past somebody he isn’t going to fall.

“I thought the penalty given to Millwall was harsh, although I will say that Jordy de Wijs was on the wrong side of their man. But, if he gives that one, then he has to give the one for a foul on Josh Magennis at the other end because he got clipped inside the box.”

Speaking about Grosicki’s equaliser, which came from a free kick way out wide, McCann added: “It wouldn’t surprise me if he deliberately went for goal there. He scored a similar one in training on Friday. If Kamil was up here speaking to you, he’d say that he meant it!”

McCann also confirmed that Matthew Pennington departed the action with a calf problem, while Reece Burke and Toral pulled up with hamstring injuries. Stephen Kingsley also has a hamstring injury picked up in training on Thursday.