The Tigers had a bit of an off day in attack as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Fulham last weekend, a rarity in a season that has seen them create plenty of chances and score plenty of goals.
“It was the lack of chances we created and a lack of composure in the final third last week,” said McCann.
“Those are things that we have been good at this season – the last pass and putting our front three in – but it was missing against Fulham. We’ve worked on it this week and spoken about the importance of getting that first pass away when we’ve won the ball back.
“That’s just about clearing your head and not worrying about the ‘what ifs’. I’d rather my players take risks than play a safe pass. Take the risk. If we lose the ball then it’s all about our reaction and, again, that is something we’ve been working on.
“Then it’s about taking our chances. We had a big chance early on against Fulham and it could have been a different story had we taken that.”
The Tigers will be facing a Derby side unbeaten in its last five games in all competitions and McCann expects a tough examination at Pride Park.
“We’re focussed on trying to get a result and it’s going to be difficult because Derby are a very good side, particularly at Pride Park,” continued McCann.
“I’ve seen them play there a couple of times this season and they’ve been very impressive. They have good individuals and players that can hurt you, but so do we and that is what we have been focussing on this week.”