Point was minimum Hull City deserved, says Grant McCann

GRANT McCann believed table-topping Hull City deserved more than a point at Oxford United.
Disappointed not to win: Grant McCann.Disappointed not to win: Grant McCann.
Disappointed not to win: Grant McCann.

A thousand fans returned to the Kassam and they were soon given something to cheer about with James Henry’s 10th-minute opener.

But Greg Docherty’s super strike, his first goal of the season, rescued a point in the second half as the Tigers’ four-game winning streak came to an end.

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“All credit to the Oxford fans. There may only have been 1,000 in there but they made a lot of noise for that number,” said McCann.

“We’re a bit disappointed not to have won it, with their keeper making a good save from Keane Lewis-Potter, and Alfie Jones heading against the bar in the second half.

“We were a bit more aggressive in our play in the second half, which we needed, and I thought we were good value for, at the very least, a draw.”

Matt Ingram was soundly beaten as Henry’s early strike nestled in the bottom corner but City found their way into the game later in the first half.

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Mallik Wilks came closest for the visitors before half-time as he tested Jack Stevens.

After the break, Keane Lewis-Potter’s free-kick was tipped over by Stevens as the visitors upped the pressure.

It seemed like luck was against them when Alfie May’s header crashed against the bar but nothing was stopping Docherty’s fine long-range effort as he equalised with 22 minutes left.

Late on, Lewis-Potter headed over with the best chance to win it.

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Oxford United: Stevens, Ruffels, Moore, Gorrin (Mousinho 75), Taylor (Agyei 85), Long, Henry, McGuane (Clare 75), Atkinson, Obita, Kelly (Forde 85). Unused substitutes: Eastwood, Hall, Shodipo.

Hull City: Ingram; Emmanuel, Jones (Burke 59), Greaves,Elder; Smallwood, Honeyman, Docherty; Wilks, Magennis (Eaves 65), Adelakun (Lewis-Potter 45). Unused substitutes: Long, Coyle, Scott, Slater.

Referee: A Woolmer (Northampton).

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