Grant McCann said he was proud of the way his players went about their business as Hull City moved three points clear at the top of Sky Bet League One with a 3-1 victory at Peterborough United.
The two sides had gone into the game as the joint-leaders of the division, but goals from Reece Burke, Keane Lewis-Potter and a Mallik Wilks penalty saw the Tigers recover from a slow start against a Posh side that would be reduced to ten men just before half time with the score at 1-1.
“It was a good result and a good performance,” said McCann.
“It was always going to be a difficult place to come to because Peterborough have been the best in the division at home, and not many teams have gone a goal down here and come back to win so I’m really proud of the team tonight.
“We started a little slowly and couldn’t get to grips with the pitch, and Peterborough started strongly, too. We conceded after eight minutes but, again, we showed a calmness and composure to get ourselves back into the game.
“It was a great delivery from George and another great header from Reece for the equaliser and, from there on in, I felt we looked quite comfortable and our shape was good.
“We switched things a little at half time with Mallik going as a nine and Keane playing from the left, and Keane goes and gets himself a goal within three or four minutes of the restart and we’re really pleased for him. Then Mallik puts away a calm penalty to win the game.”
Asked if the red card, which was the result of a second yellow shown to Ethan Hamilton four minutes before the break, was a pivotal moment, McCann replied: “I felt we would have gone on to win the game eleven against eleven.
“Was the sending off a pivotal moment? Possibly, but it was a red card as you can’t lunge in like that. Lewie Coyle has done well to carry on and finish the game to be honest. His leg is strapped up now and we’re just hoping he’s going to be okay for the weekend.
“It was two lads going for the ball. Ethan Hamilton isn’t the type of player to go in with any malice. Lewie got there first and he’s just come over the top of the ball.
“Sometimes it looks more nasty than what it is, but you’ve seen them given as a straight red before and this was a second yellow. I don’t think there was any malice there, it was just mistimed.”
Although delighted with the three points, McCann was keen to play down the significance of the win with eleven games of the Tigers’ season remaining.
“This win is no more significant than the last one,” added McCann.
“I might sound like a broken record, but there will be plenty more twists and turns between now and the end of the season.
“The games are coming quickly and we’ve got one coming on Saturday against probably one of the best teams in the division in terms of footballing ability and we need to try and pick up another three points. We’ll remain calm and composed, and we’ll try to enjoy it again.”
McCann confirmed after the game that forward Josh Magennis wasn’t risked against Peterborough as a precautionary measure, whilst knocks picked up by Lewie Coyle and Alfie Jones will be assessed over the next couple of days.