Grant McCann feels that pressing the reset button after a home defeat to Ipswich Town in February was a turning point in his side’s season.
Defeat to the Tractor Boys saw a line drawn in the sand after a run of form that had seen Hull City win just one of their last six games, and the Tigers haven’t looked back since.
A stunning 14-match unbeaten run has seen promotion, and the Sky Bet League One title, claimed and McCann says addressing things after that Ipswich game proved vital.
“I think there was a real turning point after the Ipswich game,” said McCann.
“We pressed the reset button and we just said to the players that we’d come so far, let’s revisit how we’re going to get to where we want to be. Let’s play with a bit more calmness and maturity in our play and from there we’ve won 11 and drawn three of the next 14 games which is a remarkable response from this group.
“It’s just been about a complete focus from everybody. At no point did we think we were there in terms of promotion until the final whistle went at Lincoln and we’ve just moved from game to game.”
A strange old season will culminate in the Tigers lifting their first league title since 1966 on Sunday, but despite that success McCann admits there has been plenty of learning to do over the last 12 months.
“I’ve learnt a lot. You have to learn from upsets and, if you don’t, then you’re in trouble,” McCann continued.
“I take full responsibility for what happened last year – we simply weren’t good enough. We only had a short amount of time to turn the sinking ship around into one that could float on the ocean, and to bring those good characters into the football club to add to those that were here and the Hull boys coming through. The togetherness has really shone through in the end.”