REACTION: Hull boss McCann condemns a potentially leg-breaking challenge, but was proud of his team’s performance.
Hull City boss Grant McCann claimed Posh midfielder Ethan Hamilton was lucky not to have broken Lewie Coyle’s leg in the match-defining incident from tonight’s top-of-the-table clash at the Weston Homes Stadium (March 9).
Hamilton was shown a second yellow card for a lunge on Coyle three minutes before the break. It was 1-1 at the time with Posh well on top, but the Tigers were quick to expose depleted opponents and went on to win 3-1.
McCann believed his side would have won if Hamilton had stayed on the pitch. The win moved Hull three points clear at the top, but second-placed Posh have two matches in hand.
McCann told the Hull Daily Mail: “The red card is a red card. I was right in front of it and Lewie’s lucky not to have his leg broken to be honest. You can’t lunge in like that.
“Lewie’s in there with his leg strapped up. We hope he’s going to be OK for the weekend.
“It was a good result and a good performance coming here. Peterborough are the best in the league at home.
“Not many teams come here, go a goal behind and come back to win, so I’m really proud of the team tonight.
“We started slowly, maybe that’s to do with the pitch – it’s not an excuse, but we did start slowly. We couldn’t get to grips with the pitch, Peterborough started strongly and we conceded early.
“We showed a real calmness and composure to get ourselves back in the game and from then on, I thought we were quite comfortable.
“They’re a good team, they’ve got very good players and they don’t have the best home record in the division for no reason.
“Do I think we would have won the game eleven vs eleven? Some might say the sending-off was a pivotal moment, but personally I feel we would have won the game 11 v 11 anyway.
“This win is no more significant than the last one to be honest, though.”