Grant McCann was pleased with both the result and the performance after seeing his Hull City side beat Plymouth Argyle 3-0 at Home Park on Saturday.
Goals from Keane Lewis-Potter, Josh Magennis and Greg Docherty saw the Tigers win for a third successive game and, whilst it was the attacking exploits that grabbed the attention, McCann was pleaded with his team’s all-round display.
“I thought the boys were excellent today,” said McCann.
“Again a surprise has been thrown at us in terms of the opposition’s system. We’ve seen Plymouth play predominantly with a 4-4-2, but once we saw them setting up with three at the back it gave us an opportunity to press high, get our front three against their back three and to get Callum Elder and Lewie Coyle aggressive against their wing-backs.
“I thought we won most of our individual battles all over the pitch and we looked a threat every time we went forward. I’m really pleased with the result and really pleased with the performance.”
It was a dominant performance from the away side against a Plymouth team that, up until this weekend, had the joint-third best home record in the division and McCann knew his team needed to make a bright start which was capped by Lewis-Potter’s eleventh-minute opener.
“We had to be at it from the off,” added McCann.
“Plymouth have shown how good they are at home this season, particularly in the first 45 minutes of home games, so we needed to start on the front foot.
“It was a really good opening goal from us – a great position and pass from Mallik and a great finish from Keane – and we were pleased to come in at half time 1-0 up. Defensively I felt we were good and Plymouth didn’t threaten us too much."