Gary McCann: Hampton needed to be more clinical, despite scoring 6 in the FA Cup

By Joe Acklam

4th Oct 2022 | Football


Gary McCann still found room for improvement despite winning 6-1. Photo: Katie Chann.
Gary McCann still found room for improvement despite winning 6-1. Photo: Katie Chann.

Gary McCann felt that Hampton and Richmond could have been even more clinical as they breezed past Paulton Rovers 6-1 in the FA Cup. 

Hampton comfortably progressed to the Fourth Qualifying Round as Temi Babalola bagged a brace and Stefan Ilic, Tommy Wood, Ade Shokunbi, and Tommy Block all got on the scoresheet. 

However, despite running up the score, McCann believed that the game could have been wrapped up even sooner had the Beavers taken their early chances. 

Speaking to club media after the game he said: "I am a bit disappointed and I have just shared that with the changing room, it is easy for me after winning 6-1 and I can go in there and be a bit critical, but I think we have been really wasteful today. 

"I think we have had five one-on-ones and scored one of them just by decision making and execution. 

"We have to be honest with ourselves and the chances that we had, we weren't that efficient with and I think it was one in three or one in four and that is fact. 

"Credit to them, they stayed in the game and we were a bit wasteful and I didn't think we were as clinical and as efficient as we should have been. 

"The game could have been put to bed in the very early stages of the game, but it wasn't, so credit to the opposition. 

"Then we gave them a foot up and then it was very much about realigning and focusing and making sure we start the second half properly and I thought we did that." 

McCann was pleased with the performance of Babalola and how he was able to perform after a difficult start to the season. 

He said: "It is really nice for Temi [Babalola]; he has been chomping at the bit. He came in a bit late so he was off it a bit in terms of fitness and sharpness and we have been playing with one up front. 

"We played two up front against Chippenham and then we did it again on Tuesday night at Hungerford and we just thought it was the right type of game. 

"He trained ever so well on Thursday he had a real hunger and desire in his game and I am really pleased that he got his two goals. 

"I am also pleased for Tommy [Wood] as you can see he is suffering a little bit confidence wise and maybe overthinking things but he brings plenty of other things to the party." 

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