The Tigers haven’t been at their best in front of the cameras so far this season, with McCann challenging his players to overcome that hurdle at The Valley.
“The Valley is a tough place to go and I think Lee Bowyer has done an unbelievable job there,” said McCann.
“He’s had to galvanise the club really and we had some great battles with them last season with Doncaster in league games, play-off games and a cup game.
“They like to play and I think it will be an open game with both teams going to try and win it. It’s another good challenge for us and one where we need to stand up and respond.
“We have another hurdle to pass, too, because we’ve disappointed ourselves in our games on Sky so far this season. I look back at the games against Blackburn and Middlesbrough and feel that we have a point to prove to show people that we are a good team.”
Tonight’s hosts are without a win since mid-October, but McCann is taking little notice of form with his side only needing to look back a fortnight and the trip to Barnsley for a warning of how tricky the Championship is.
“That’s what this league is,” added McCann.
“You only have to look at Wigan taking a point against West Brom the other night as well. It’s such a tight league – if you’re not on your game and switched on you’ll lose games.
“In terms of our consistency, we’ve got better. There are still areas in which we can improve, though, but we’re getting there.”