Hull City

McCann: We Must Kick On

11 September 2019
Hull City Head Coach Grant McCann is eager to see his side kick on when the Sky Bet Championship campaign resumes after the first international break of the season.

The Tigers have endured a frustrating start to the 2019/20 campaign, picking up just five points from their first six Championship fixtures, with their only victory coming in the 2-1 home win over Reading.

However, while the points tally doesn’t necessarily reflect the standard of performances his side have produced, McCann believes solid foundations have been laid – which he wants to build on when the Tigers’ business is resumed against Wigan Athletic on home soil on Saturday.

“In terms of the way we have played and our style of play, we have been quite pleased with the opening eight games,” he said.

“Our style of play is very important to me and we won’t be veering away from it. We like to play with energy and we like to play on the front foot. I think people will have seen that in the games during the opening month of the season.

“We have been doing a lot of things right in our games so far – we are a high-pressing team and, when it comes to recovering the ball in the opposition’s third of the field, we are number one in the division in terms of that, so we’re clearly doing something right.

“I firmly believe that if we continue to concentrate on our performances, the results will follow. It’s just a case of sticking with what we believe in.

“The bit that we’re not doing right at the minute is converting the chances that we are creating. We’ve created a lot of chances in our eight games so far but I would be more worried if we weren’t creating those chances.

“I know we have the players with the quality to make the most of them though and we’re working hard on the training ground every single day to get better at that.

“The really pleasing thing for me as a Head Coach is the energy that this group of players is showing, and their willingness to learn and improve – both as individuals and as a team.

“I’ve said on numerous occasions that you don’t win games on a Saturday, you win them with the work that you put in on the training ground from Monday to Friday and we have a squad of players willing to do that work.

“We’ve got three Saturday-Saturday-Saturday games coming up now – the first of which sees Wigan Athletic come to the KCOM Stadium on Saturday – and the players are relishing the opportunity to add to our points tally.

“We still want to be pushing towards the top six this season – that hasn’t changed. It’s still very early days. We know where we are coming up a little bit short and we will continue to work on that.”