Grant McCann was pleased to see his Hull City side produce another calm and controlled performance on Saturday, which resulted in a 2-0 victory over Bristol Rovers at the KCOM Stadium.
Gavin Whyte scored a goal in each half to fire the Tigers back to the top of the Sky Bet League One table, but it was the win and performance that pleased the Head Coach the most.
“It was a controlled performance,” said McCann.
“I was pleased and I thought it was good from the players. The boys delivered the game plan that we’d set out to a tee. We were coming up against a different system – a 3-4-3 – so we had to be spot on and I thought we were.
“We limited them to very few clear-cut chances apart from the good save that Matt Ingram made right near the end. On the whole the performance level was good, we’ve scored another couple of goals and we’re pleased to come out with the three points.
“There will be many ups and downs, twists and turns over the next few weeks, but we just have to remain calm and remain focussed on the next game and make sure we perform when it comes along. I’m pleased with the team today. That’s three wins in a row now for us and it has been a great response to the defeat that we had against Ipswich. Today was a professional performance, controlled, calm, composed, and now we look forward to Tuesday’s game at Peterborough United.”
Speaking about match-winner Whyte, McCann added:
“Gavin’s missed three or four weeks with an injury and any player will tell you that it can take time to get back up to where you want to be. He was part of the Cardiff team that got into the top six in the Championship last season and he’s a top player – an international player.
“It was more about giving Keane Lewis-Potter a breather today. Keane’s performances have been good. He was outstanding at Wimbledon last weekend, but we just wanted to give him a bit of a breather.
“Gavin has been training really well. His performance in midweek against Rochdale – there was nothing wrong with it although it was about us getting him into better positions to affect the game more. His two goals today have shown that.
“The first one came from really good play by Mallik Wilks, and there was some excellent play from George Honeyman to set up the second one. There’s more in him. He’s more used to playing off the right and he’s maybe more direct in terms of taking people on from there, but we know that he can play off the left where he can find little pockets of space. He’s clever on the ball and he wants to come in to link up with Magennis and Wilks. It’s a nice string to his bow that he can play in a few positions.”
McCann confirmed afterwards that Sean McLoughlin, who signed a new long-term deal during the week, was absent from today’s squad with a calf problem that is likely to sideline him for a couple of weeks.