Gary McCann felt Hampton and Richmond were a team ready to fight for the club

By Joe Acklam

11th Oct 2022 | Football


"This is a group that are trying to drive this football club forward"- Gary McCann. Photo: Katie Chan.
"This is a group that are trying to drive this football club forward"- Gary McCann. Photo: Katie Chan.

Gary McCann thought that his team showed true fight and desire to compete as they came from a goal behind to draw with Welling at the Rocket Hospitality Beveree Stadium. 

Tommy Block scored a penalty early in the second half to cancel out Welling scoring from the spot in the first half to secure a creditable draw against the play-off chasers. 

McCann feels that there are signs of a real upturn in fortunes following a slow start to the season because of the players commitment. 

Speaking to club media, he said: "There is a resiliency in there, we are becoming a side that are really coming together. 

"We are getting players back, Dean Inman was back in the squad today and Luis Fernandez is back fit, we are looking a lot healthier and there is far more competition for places. 

"We don't want complacency and that type of response [to going a goal behind] shows me that this is a group that are trying to drive this football club forwards and becoming a team that represents me. 

"I thought we were really forward thinking and on the front foot, our physical output has been excellent all season and that needs to continue. 

"There is a youthfulness about us there is no doubt about that, so we are going to come across tough sides like today and have to be able to cope with that and I thought we did by the time the final whistle went." 

McCann was also disappointed at the awarding of the Welling penalty and has said that he would like the referee to explain it to him once he has watched it back. 

He said: "The goal really knocked the stuffing out of us, there is no question about that. 

"Was it a penalty? I have just watched it back and it is not a penalty, there is no question that Ruairidh [Donaldson] gets the ball first and then the player kicks the bottom of his boot. 

"The sound maybe makes the referee put the whistle to his mouth, but I have asked him as he left to review it and I am waiting on the end of the phone because I want his honest opinion on it, because to me it is not a penalty. 

"After that all of a sudden it looked like we struggled to cope with their shape change and I felt that they started to physically manoeuvre us and move us into areas we didn't want to be in. 

"A few words at half-time and an adjustment to the shape really paid dividends because I thought we were excellent second half, it was probably one of the better 45 minutes that we have put together." 

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