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McCann: make the KCOM a place to be feared

18 September 2020

Grant McCann wants to make the KCOM Stadium a place other teams fear to visit.

Hull City kick off their home league campaign against newly-promoted Crewe Alexandra tomorrow afternoon.

The Tigers have started well on the road, winning 2-0 at Gillingham in the league and beating Sunderland and Leeds on penalties in the Carabao Cup.

And McCann now wants to see his team win on home soil, stressing the importance of being strong on your own patch.

“We’ve had three very tough games away from home against Sunderland, Gillingham and Leeds, and we’ve come through unscathed in all three,” said McCann.

“What I would like now, and it’s going to be important for any promotion season, is your home form is key. With fans or no fans, it’s going to be key for us this season.

"We are going to be a lovely draw for people, coming to the KCOM, because it’s such a tremendous place to go and play football – the stadium, the pitch, everything around it.

"We want to make it a place this year where teams are going to come and be petrified, rather than coming with no fear and playing their game.

"We want to make sure we change our mindset. Our home is our home. No one comes here and gets an easy three points.

"If we want to have a successful season, we have to have one of the best home records in the league."

McCann knows Crewe won’t make things easy in the first of three successive league games against promoted sides, with Northampton and Plymouth to come.

“They’re very difficult games as they’re all used to winning,” McCann added. “When you get that winning mentality and that winning feeling, you feel invincible and like you can play not so good but still get the result.

“Crewe had a tremendous season last year and David Artell did a tremendous job. They’re a very good footballing team.

“They played Charlton and, even though they lost the game, they dominated possession. They like to get the ball down, which I hope will suit us because we like that also.

“But we know we have to be aggressive against them, we have to be good, we’ll have to be sharp in our movements and we’ll have to take our chances when they come. We’ll also have to defend well, like we’ve shown in the three games.

“It’s going to be a tough challenge because they’re used to winning. But we’ve started the season used to winning now so hopefully that will give us confidence going into this game.”


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