AFC Wimbledon v Hull City - Grant McCann urges Tigers to be more ruthless

GRANT McCANN is looking for his players to show more of a clinical edge on front of goal as they set about trying to get their automatic promotion push back on track.

Hull City manager Grant McCann. Picture: PA.

The Tigers visit struggling AFC Wimbledon this afternoon having won just one of their last six in League One and suddenly in danger of being cut adrift of the top-two.

The East Yorkshire club were beaten 1-0 at home by Ipswich Town last time out, yet despite producing a below-par performance they still had enough chances to have won the game.

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Wastefulness in front of goal has cost City plenty of points this term, a habit that head coach McCann is all too aware that his players need to break.

“I think that performance-wise we have been relatively good for the majority of the season. Obviously there have been games where we haven’t been and have got punished – and Ipswich was one of them,” he said.

“I think it is very important that we take chances in games when they come along. The games we have lost we’ve had so many big chances that we haven’t taken and ultimately it has cost us.

“As I’ve always said, it’s when the forwards are not getting the chances that I’ll be worried. Previous to the Ipswich game we’d scored eight goals and we probably could have had a lot more. In the space of one 90 minutes at Wigan and 45 minutes at Doncaster, we should have had at least 12 goals with the chances we had.

“We are creating really good opportunities, but the first goal is always important because it gives you a wee bit more belief and swagger about your play. But, if it doesn’t come along we’ve got to make sure that we don’t get affected by that.”

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