Hull City

McCann Disappointed After Charlton Defeat

20 June 2020
Grant McCann cut a frustrated figure after watching his Hull City side lose 1-0 to Charlton Athletic at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.

Jason Pearce’s first-half goal condemned the Tigers to defeat in the Sky Bet Championship clash that had been delayed by 98 days due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulted in McCann’s side dropping into the bottom three of the league table for the first time this season.

Reflecting on the loss, McCann said: “Of course we’re disappointed, we’re never happy when we lose a game.

“I thought in general play, we played really well. I thought we controlled large periods of the game but we were disappointing in the attacking areas today.

“We had probably three times the penalty area entries that Charlton had and when you have that you’ve got to score. We didn’t seem to get on the end of any cross or any ball that dropped in the box.

“We just didn’t find that killer edge and we need to find that moving forward. We’ve been without it for a while but, now everyone is fit, we need to find our killer edge in the final third once again.

“But the most disappointing thing for us is that we conceded off a set-play. We switched off, lost the man at the back post and it’s a tap-in for the man in our box. The story of the game is they scored off a set play and we had one similar and didn’t score, that’s what’s frustrating.”

“In every goal, there are always two or three mistakes. The first one is we let (Tomer) Hemed get across us at the front post, the second one is could George (Long) punch it further? And the third one is we lose a man who taps it in at the back post.

“Nine times out of ten on every goal you concede there are three people that could do better and that was probably the case today.”

Although he did nothing to hide his disappointment at the result, McCann is confident his players will soon improve after what was their first outing since early March.

“We’ve got to take the positives out of the game,” he added. “We’ve got eight big games left and it’s going to be really tight down there. There are going to be a lot more twists and turns before the end of the season.

“Today was disappointing for everybody but we have to make sure we analyse this game properly and go again. I know we’re going to get better and sharper as the games come. We need to start that next week.”