McCann left frustated by defending
Above: Grant McCann saw positives from his team on Saturday, but was left unimpressed by their defensive frailties
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Despite the restart of the Championship seeing Hull City drop into the relegation zone for the first time this season, Grant McCann will have seen lots of positives from their display against second-placed West Brom.

However, one thing that sticks out from the performance is their defence. They have conceded nine goals in four games, and at times on Saturday looked like they could have shipped more. McCann spoke to local media after the game, and was quick to highlight the errors that cost his side.

  • "Unacceptable" goals conceded by the Tigers

“Some of the goals are unacceptable really. The first one, we try and bring a ball down in the box when we should’ve just headed it, and the second one we’ve lost the man from a set play.

“For us to switch off Hegazi is unacceptable. We’re so frustrated with that. The third one we’ve known about Kamil Grosicki’s runs and spoken about it but we’ve switched off.

The fourth goal, when we’re chasing the game, is a bit of a sucker punch.”

  • Some positives despite defeat

“On the whole for us today I couldn’t have asked for more from the players. They ran, they worked and showed real quality at times. We should’ve been 3-3. It was a great run by Mallik. Jon Toral had a chance and on another day he would’ve scored.

"In an attacking sense I thought we were excellent against one of the best teams in the league. We’ve created as many clear-cut chances as them.”

McCann will look to right the wrongs with another away trip this week, with Bristol City awaiting them at Ashton Gate. Hull will be buoyed by the fact that the three teams beneath them - Luton, Barnsley and Middlesbrough - all lost over the weekend, and they will not face another team with the attacking quality that West Brom have. In that sense, the Tigers will travel in the hope of being able to get something from the game, with Bristol City now manager-less after Lee Johnson was sacked following their defeat which ended their play-off hopes.

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