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McCann bemoans 'wasteful' Tigers

29 November 2020

Grant McCann bemoaned his side’s wastefulness as Hull City were knocked out of the FA Cup on penalties by Stevenage.

The second-round tie finished level in normal time after Tom Eaves’ 52nd-minute spot-kick was cancelled out by Elliott List’s powerful finish.

League Two Boro prevailed 6-5 in the shootout after Eaves and Sean McLoughlin saw efforts saved by Jamie Cumming.

“I thought we were very wasteful – really, really wasteful in the attacking third,” said McCann.

“We got in there very well in the first half and played well in terms of building up from the back, getting into the final third.

“But then we were just shooting from 25-30 yards, blazing things over the crossbar, not slipping each other in.

“I felt we played as individuals up there. We didn’t really link or try to create for each other.

“It was almost like ‘I’ll shoot, then you shoot, I’ll shoot, then you shoot’. Balls were flying over the crossbar.

“Second half, we started well and it was a good bit of play from Martin (Samuelsen) to win the penalty.

“Their goal, to give the ball away so cheaply and dangle legs in the middle of the pitch the way we did, and then not clear the ball in our box, was dreadful defending from us.

“After that, the game just fizzled. We had no real spark about us. We had a couple of half-chances – Martin probably should have scored twice.

“Credit to Stevenage – I thought they deserved it. We were nowhere near good enough to win this game.”


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