External pressure no problem for Hull City insist Grant McCann as Millwall is knocked out

Hull City Head Coach Grant McCann. Image: Getty Images

But, Tigers chief Grant McCann insists neither he nor his players were pressured in the first place, even after losing five games on the rebound before the recent international break.

A seemingly transformed squad, City followed a string of victories over Barnsley, Birmingham and Cardiff with a 2-1 home victory over Millwall on Saturday, with their head coach using his post-match media duties to reaffirm that his side is united.

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“The pressure only comes from the outside. Inside it doesn’t happen,” he said.

“We are one group and always have been. We have a very good group of players, a good dressing room, we have a very good mentality around the club.

“The pressure only comes from other people, from different sources, they want to write things down and try to pressure you.

“For me, we are one with a real siege mentality and keep trying to do what we do.”

City have indeed managed to continue doing exactly what they did against Millwall, scoring first, defending bravely and ultimately winning the lead.

George Honeyman directed Jacob Greaves’ left-wing cross to break the deadlock in the 29th minute, though Tom Bradshaw broke the offside trap to level things off at the stroke of halftime.

Undeterred, the Tigers regained the lead eight minutes after the restart, Ryan Longman leaping at close range after Bartosz Bialkowski parried Josh Magennis’ effort in his way.

Millwall grew strong over the past half hour, although the unit McCann referred to was there for all to see as his players dig deep to see the match end.

Reflecting on Saturday’s performance, the Northern Irishman added: “It’s another good win, it was good to score the first goal again but we were obviously disappointed to have conceded when we conceded.

“The dressing room was a bit down at half time because of that but we picked them up and said ‘we can’t affect this, let’s go let’s see if we can start the second half well. “- and we did.

“We had to be strong at the end. I thought we limited them to little real effort towards our goal and while we didn’t have much ourselves, we were just happy with three other points.”

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