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McCann: Play With Swagger, Confidence And Freedom

30 April 2021

Grant McCann hopes to see his already-promoted side play with swagger, confidence and freedom against resurgent relegation battlers Wigan Athletic.

Hull City secured promotion back to the Championship with two games to spare after a dramatic 2-1 win at Lincoln City.

The Tigers now have a first league title since 1966 firmly in their sights and will be crowned champions this weekend if they better Peterborough’s result against Lincoln.

And after a weekend of celebrations, McCann says there is now a real determination within the squad to “finish the job”.

“From Tuesday onwards, the focus has been good again and that’s one thing about this group – you can trust them,” said McCann.

“The trust is there and we trusted them to enjoy themselves and come back in and get the focus right for Wigan. From Tuesday onwards, we’ve focused on this game.

“I’m hoping we go out and play with a bit of swagger, a bit of confidence, with a smile on the face, bit of freedom, but also with a calm edge to us.

“We keep the process the same but we have to have that real edge about us to try and finish the job. It would be brilliant if we could do it. It’d be something you can look back on forever.

“To finish it off and win the title, it would be everything. We’ll give everything we have to try and do that.

“If we do it, great. If we don’t, then so be it. But one thing is for sure, we’ll give absolutely everything over these next two games, with a nice calm approach and hopefully we can get the job done.

“The players have got a real hunger and desire, and so have my staff, to finish the job. We’ll give everything we have.”

One more win could suffice, while Wigan know victory will preserve their third-tier status following a remarkable revival.

The fifth-bottom Latics have accrued 13 points from the last 15 available, putting them joint-top of the form table with the Tigers.

And McCann believes his counterpart Leam Richardson deserves a lot of credit.

“I think they’re a good team,” said McCann. “Leam has done an incredible job there, with what’s happened at Wigan over the past 15-16 months.

“For him to get a team together like they have is a credit to him and everyone at Wigan because they’re strong.

“From a forward perspective, they’re good. Midfield, they’re good. Defensively, they’ve got some experience.

“It’s shown over the last five games with four wins and a draw. I watched them against Sunderland and they deservedly beat them.

“We know this is not going to be an easy game. This is going to be a very tough game – probably our toughest of the season because they’re trying to stay in the division.

“If you were to handpick two teams and say ‘what are the two most difficult games to finish the season?’, you’d probably say Wigan and Charlton.

“One team is trying to stay in the division, one team is trying to get into the top six, but we know what we’re coming up against.”

McCann reported no new injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s match.


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