Grant McCann said he was proud of the way his players went about their business after seeing his Hull City side come from behind to win 2-1 at Crewe Alexandra on Good Friday.
Chris Porter’s 66th-minute penalty had put the hosts ahead, but Josh Magennis levelled five minutes later when the Tigers were awarded a spot kick of their own before Mallik Wilks came up with a fine winner in added on time to keep McCann’s men a point clear at the top of Sky Bet League One.
“It was an important win given the results we’ve seen elsewhere,” said McCann.
“The top three have all left it late to get wins today, but I’m really proud of the calmness, the control and the commitment that our players have shown to come from behind to get the win. In our last three away games we’ve gone to Peterborough and conceded first but come back to win, we’ve gone to Shrewsbury and conceded first and then taken a point, and then today we’ve conceded first and come back to win the game so I couldn’t be more proud of the players. I’m really pleased with them.
“It was a late winner. Just before it went in I’d shouted at Mallik ‘come on, get us the winner’ and within 15 seconds he did just that. It was a great strike from him. It was a brilliant piece of skill by him to get it onto his right foot and then smash it in off the far post.
“Everyone ran themselves into the ground for the team, and I thought we saw two good teams today. We probably cancelled each other out a bit. There were chances at both ends, a penalty each and it was very even until Mallik came up with the moment at the end to win it.”
McCann was also pleased with the impact his second half substitutes had on the game.
Magennis and Gavin Whyte both came on despite having played in a World Cup qualifier for Northern Ireland less than 48 hours earlier, whilst fellow substitute Dan Crowley had gone close to finding a winner not long before Wilks came up with his big moment.
“We had the firepower on the bench and they came on and made a difference,” continued McCann.
“Dan Crowley should have won it before Mallik’s goal but it was a great save from Will Jaaskelainen. It was great to see Josh Magennis come on and give us 30 minutes, and the commitment from him and Gavin Whyte to be involved today was outstanding. We’ll take the win and move on. At this stage of the season it doesn’t matter how we win. We’ve got the three points and we go on to the next game."