Hull City

McCann: Another Tough Test Expected

12 July 2019
After Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient in their opening friendly in Marbella, Hull City’s preparations for the 2019/20 campaign continue against Lincoln Red Imps this evening.

Grant McCann is once again expected to field two teams – one in each half of the game – and the Northern Irishman is expecting another tough pre-season examination for his side against the reigning Gibraltar Premier League champions.

“We know we’re going to be in for another tough test,” he said.

“The lads had to work incredibly hard against Leyton Orient. To a man – they all put a real shift in and more of the same will be required against Lincoln Red Imps tonight.

“They were involved in Champions League qualifying action at the end of June, so it will be a good test for us. The early pre-season games always are whoever you play against because the boys are just getting back up to speed in terms of their match sharpness.

“It is tough for the lads because they’re still getting used to the way we want them to play. We’re demanding a lot from them and there is a bit of work to do in terms of overall improvements from the Orient game with regards to our energy, our press and the transitions in terms of when we lose the ball.

“We’re not interested in seeing them drop off, we want them to go straight after the ball in order to try and win it back. It’s hard work and it requires bravery from the boys on the pitch, but we’ve continued to work on that on the training ground and we’re all looking forward to getting back out on the pitch this evening.”

Jon Toral – who missed the Tigers’ opening game in Marbella with a minor knock – will once again be unavailable with McCann unwilling to take any unnecessary risks with the Spaniard’s fitness, although the Tigers’ Head Coach has confirmed that Club captain Markus Henriksen will return to the side after sitting out the Orient clash.

“Markus will definitely play a part in tonight’s game,” he added.

“Jon Toral won’t be involved because of a little problem. It’s nothing serious though and he’ll be back in training with us next week.

“We’re just being careful with him because we don’t want to push him too hard and be without him for weeks and weeks as a result.”