A 2-1 defeat – along with Middlesbrough’s win away at Millwall – saw the Tigers drop back into the bottom three with just four games remaining in the 2019/20 campaign as goals from Famara Diedhiou and Jamie Paterson ensured Jordy de Wijs’ second-half header was only a consolation.
And, although they ultimately ended up on the wrong end of the result, the Tigers played well for long periods, with McCann believing his players’ efforts at Ashton Gate were deserving of a point.
“We were unlucky not to come away with a point, truth be told,” McCann said.
“I thought performance-wise and chances created, we were good. We were getting into dangerous areas and the boys worked ever so hard and did everything they could to get the win.
“The first goal is a tad fortunate for them. It’s bounced, it’s ricocheted, it’s gone into their centre-forward and he scores.
“The second one, there’s not much we can do about a free-kick that’s put into the top corner from 25 yards, it’s a great free-kick from (Jamie) Paterson, but the response from the boys – second half – was excellent.
“We were a bit slow in the first 20-25 minutes of the first half. The tempo wasn’t though and we let them dictate the game.
“But, in the second half, we were better and showed a lot more to our performance. The boys showed fighting spirit and, as I say, we deserved more for our efforts.
McCann’s men host Millwall at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday and the Tigers’ Head Coach is backing his side to respond on home soil.
“We’re in a situation where we’re fighting for our lives to stay in the division,” he added.
“We’re playing against very good teams every week and it’s no different with these four teams coming up. We all have to stick together though because the games are coming thick and fast.
“We can’t dwell on this. We have to move on to the next game. It’s a big game against Millwall on Saturday and we have to respond.”