By Mark Smith

28th Feb, 2020 | 10:00am

Grant McCann reveals talk with Hull squad over fears of being 'hammered' v Leeds

Hull City manager Grant McCann has admitted that his side could get hammered against Leeds United on Saturday afternoon at the KCOM Stadium.

The Tigers were beaten 1-0 against fellow Yorkshire side Barnsley on Wednesday, and McCann has told his squad it could be even worse if they play the same way against the Whites in the lunchtime kick-off.

McCann held crisis talks with his side after that defeat and told them immediately that they cannot put in that level of performance against Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

McCann admitted after the defeat on Wednesday that his side are genuine contenders to be relegated to League One this season.

“We’ve got a very, very tough game on Saturday. One of the best teams in the league are coming here,” he said, via Leeds Live.

“If we perform like we did (against Barnsley) then we’ll get hammered. That’s exactly what I’ve told the group.

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“We need to roll our sleeves up now, do it for themselves, do it for their families, do it for this football club. They need to start taking responsibility and that’s everyone.”

That isn’t what Hull fans will want to be reading, but it will certainly lead to the Whites relishing Saturday’s game as they could take advantage of a wounded home side.

Hull have been on a downward spiral ever since they sanctioned the two exits of Kamil Grosicki and Jarrod Bowen in January.

They haven’t won since New Year’s Day in the Championship, and the defeat against Barnsley pointed out some worrying issues. Despite the away side being bottom going into the game, they managed 10 more shots and completed 93 more accurate passes [Sofa Score].

Barnsley aren’t known for dominating sides on the ball, so if they can do it to that extent, imagine what Leeds will be able to do at the KCOM.

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