Positive steps for Hull City after ending losing streak to Bournemouth Yorkshire News

BACK TO THE RACE: Bournemouth’s Ben Pearson takes on Hull’s Lewie Coyle on Saturday. Image: Mark Kerton / PA

Bournemouth had three clear scoring opportunities, the best for Dominic Solanke and Emiliano Marcondes, but home goalkeeper Matt Ingram kept the visitors at bay with some important saves.

“We have to respect the point,” said the Tigers coach. “We have designed the best opportunity of the game and another day, come in.”

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McCann was referring to Greg Docherty’s header that hit the crossbar in the second half and admitted that City gave the visitors some chances to win the game.

Hull City Manager Grant McCann pictured during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Bournemouth. Image: Mark Kerton / PA

“Docherty was excellent and he deserved a goal,” added McCann. “We knew it would improve (after catching Covid-19 in the preseason).

“We limited them to the opportunities we gave them. We treat them well.

“I thought we got better as the game went on.

“We will respect the point and now we can get some of our injured players back.”

McCann was quick to sing the praises of young Josh Hinds, who made his first team debut against the Cherries.

“Josh Hinds debut, got applause for that in the locker room,” he said.

“Josh has been training well and he deserves his chance. There’s an interest in (Tom) Eaves, we love him as a person and as a player, and it’s up to him to fight his way back in. “

McCann was also quick to praise Tyler Smith, who made his debut for the Tigers.

He said: “We like to have that fluid movement, someone who can play anywhere on a three. He just got tired towards the end due to lack of playing time.

“We are trying to bring more, you will have to wait and see.”

Cherries manager Scott Parker added: “We puffed and puffed and had great opportunities,” Parker said.

“I think we defended very well. We just didn’t get up front, it’s a game we created enough to win, but we didn’t. We did enough to win the game. There are great opportunities out there and they should be saved. It just wasn’t meant to be today.

“We altered the midfield a bit as the game progressed. Endeavor was there, the clean sheet is positive, considering where we are, forward and up hopefully. “

When asked about the transfer window, Parker said they were close to some signings.

“We are close with a couple of things,” he said.

“I can’t wait until it closes to be honest with you!”

Casco City: Ingram, Coyle, Bernard, Greaves, Elder, M Smith (Cannon 90), Huddlestone, Longman (Williams 58), Docherty, Lewis-Potter, T Smith (Hinds 82). Unused substitutes: Smallwood, Emmanuel, Baxter, McLoughlin.

AFC Bournemouth: Nyland, Stacey, Mepham, Kelly, Zemura, Brooks (Rogers 66), Lerma, Pearson, Anthony, Solanke, Marcondes (Davis 81). Unused substitutes: Cahill, Kilkenny, Taylor, Rossi, Dennis.

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne and Wear).

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This notice was published: 2021-08-29 19:53:07

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