Hull City

McCann: Let’s Get Back To What We Do Best

06 March 2020
Grant McCann wants his Hull City side to get back to what they do best as the Tigers look to return to winning ways against Stoke City this weekend.

McCann has seen his side lose nine of their last eleven games in all competitions, leaving them winless since beating Rotherham United in the Emirates FA Cup in early January.

It’s a run of results that has seen the Tigers drop to 18th in the Sky Bet Championship table – and McCann insists his team must go back to playing to their strengths, as they were earlier in the season when chasing a top-six finish.

“If you look at our season as a whole, I think you have seen our style of play come out right up until a certain point. In my opinion, we were one of the best teams in the league,” said McCann.

“Unfortunately, circumstances have happened that everyone knows about and we’ve gone on a bit of a dodgy run.

“We know we’re a good team. We know we’ve got good players and we know we can hurt teams in this league. It’s about time we went back to remembering that.

“It’s very easy to look back at the last nine or ten games and say ‘this is Hull now’, but why does that have to be your destiny? Why can’t we look back at the good wins when we had everyone performing?

“That’s what we need to do and hopefully that starts Saturday. There are ten games to go and my message to the players is ‘how many we can win?.’

“I know people might say ‘hold on, you’ve not won for 10 games’ but, as I’ve said, that’s gone and we’re focusing on the next game which is Stoke City.

“We’re only looking forward. We’re looking to be as positive as we can. What’s gone has gone, it’s done and dusted.”

The Tigers’ preparations for Saturday’s trip to the bet365 Stadium have differed from the norm as they began the week at St George’s Park near Burton, home of the National Football Centre.

McCann and his players stayed overnight at the on-site hotel, participating in team-building exercises on Monday before returning to the training pitches the following day. It was a change the Head Coach felt was just as good as a rest.

“It was just something different for them,” he added. “We did a couple of different things down there, a few different tasks and it was good.

“It was a good opportunity to do that with ten games to go. Psychologically it’s sometimes nice to take the group and do something different.

“So I’m really thankful that the club let us do that and go away for a few days, because these things aren’t cheap.

“It was good of them to help us out on that and the boys really enjoyed it. It was a bit of fun for the boys on the first day and then got back to work on Tuesday.

“We’re looking to be as positive as we can. What’s gone has gone, it’s done and dusted.

“We appreciate we haven’t been on a good run of form. In fact, it’s been horrendous. But it’s gone.

“We’ll look forward and we’ll approach every single one of these games how we want to approach them, with our style of play and see how we go. We’re only looking forward.”