Grant McCann praised the drive, spirit and resilience of his players after seeing his Hull City side come from behind to land a big three points with a 2-1 win against Fleetwood Town on Saturday.
Second half goals from Josh Magennis and Keane Lewis-Potter saw the Tigers recover from going a goal down midway through the first half and, whilst McCann admitted that the performance wasn’t the best, he was pleased with the spirit shown by his men.
“It was an important win for us at this stage of the season,” said McCann.
“We knew it was going to be a difficult game because Fleetwood have shown a real reaction since Simon Grayson went in there and they play a good style of football. We’ve played against that system in the last couple of games but they do it a bit differently with more of a number ten dropping off of Kyle Vassell and that made it more difficult for us to try and press.
“Fleetwood have been on a tremendous run over the last ten games or so, and have been in the top six in terms of their form. If truth be told, we weren’t at our best today in terms of our performance, particularly in the first half, and credit to Fleetwood because they came and had a real go at us and made it difficult for us.
“We upped our game a little bit in the second half but we still weren’t where we wanted to be with our performance. However, what this group does have – and we’ve shown it on a number of occasions – is the ability to come back and drive on to win games. That’s what we saw today in terms of the attitude and the togetherness to come back and win the game.”
The win was another positive step in the race for automatic promotion and, speaking about the goals that won his side the game, McCann added:
“It was a great pass from ‘Doc’ and a good finish from Josh for the equaliser, and then it was a tremendous cross from Dan Crowley for the second and I wasn’t sure at first whether it was Keane or Mallik that put it in, but the pleasing thing was that they were both in the position looking to score. Looking back at it, it’s a great finish from Keane coming across the front post to score.
“We weren’t at our best but it doesn’t matter. The three points was all that mattered for us today and we got the job done.”
The Tigers were without the influential George Honeyman against Fleetwood after he picked up a knock in training on Friday, although McCann is hopeful that he will be available for Tuesday night’s home game against promotion rivals Sunderland.
“We weren’t going to take any risks with him and I think he’ll be okay for Tuesday night,” added McCann.
“He doesn’t want to miss any games and he’s doing everything he can to be involved on Tuesday. If it’s not Tuesday, I’d imagine he’ll be back for next Saturday but we’ll see how he is over the next 24 hours or so. He’s desperate to be involved, like everybody is."