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Hull City have made a reasonably solid start to the season, with a 1-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday at the KCOM Stadium helping the Tigers climb to 13th place in the table having taken 13 points from their opening ten games.
However, Hull could arguably be even higher in the Championship table had they not been suffering from a lack of ability to hold onto to leads, or a point, in games at times so far this season.
That is something which McCann addressed speaking to the Hull Daily Mail ahead of the Tigers’ trip to Huddersfield on Saturday, admitting that he has been frustrated that his side have dropped ten points already so far this term, saying “I feel as if we should be a lot higher but we can’t dwell on it.
“All we can do is look forward and continue to build the momentum that we’ve got at the minute. We had a meeting with the players the other day and we’ve dropped 10 points.”
Those ten points dropped have seen the Tigers let a half-time lead turn into a 2-1 defeat at Swansea City, while they have also lost points from winning positions in draws against Brentford, Wigan Athletic, and Cardiff City, with a 3-1 defeat at the KCOM Stadium against Bristol City coming despite Hull being set for a point heading into the final minutes of the game.
Were Hull to have picked up all ten of the points they have thrown away, most of which have been during the second half of their matches, then the Tigers would currently be sitting top of the Championship table on 23 points two clear of league-leaders Swansea and with a four point cushion to third placed West Bromwich Albion.
That suggests that the Tigers are performing better than their current league position would reflect, but that Hull are struggling to keep opposition sides at bay during spells in the game where they are being put under sustained pressure which is something they will simply have to solve if they are going to be able mount any sort of play-off challenge.
Hull’s ability to pick up points has shown signs of improvement in their last three games, with two wins against Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday and a draw home to Cardiff, lifting the Tigers up the table and highlighting they could be beginning to collect the results their performances deserve.
Crucially, Hull have managed to improve their ability to convert their chances, with the Tigers scoring six goals in their last three matches, having registered eight goals in their first seven Championship games, and if McCann’s side can continue to do that then they will give themselves a better chance of holding onto points.
McCann has already proven he his able to get his side to go on a consistent run of form, having guided Doncaster Rovers to the League 1 play-offs last term, and there will be cautious optimism from Hull supporters that if they carry on performing as they have done so far in the first half of matches and stop throwing away points in the second period then they could threaten the top-six this term.