Boss Grant McCann praised new signing Thomas Mayer for playing a crucial role in helping Hull City earn a second straight league win.

Mayer’s introduction in the 64th minute proved pivotal, as his pinpoint cross picked out Mallik Wilks to head City’s winner over plucky Crewe Alexandra at the KCOM Stadium.

Coming off the bench for his debut, the Austrian reinvigorated a Tigers side lacking the spark they’d enjoyed during victories at Gillingham and Leeds in the past week.

The Tigers failed to reach the performances levels they’d achieved recently, and McCann admitted his charges had to dig deep to find a well-earned three points.

“It was a bit scrappy,” McCann said shortly after the 1-0 success.

Hull City's Mallik Wilks is congratulated on scoring his team’s opening goal

“We probably weren’t as good as we have been in the last couple of games but we dug deep to get the goal.

“It’s three wins in a week, with two clean sheets in the first two league games and we should had another one at Leeds.

“We were playing against a very good team and I have to give credit to Crewe. They’re used to winning and they play a certain style that’ll cause people a lot of problems.

“But we stuck to our task defensively. Yes, we can be better going forward but we still created some half decent chances in the first half where we could have been more clinical.

“But we dug deep in the second half to get the job done which was pleasing.”

“I just felt we needed something different.

“We’ve got different players in the frontline of the pitch and they can all add something different.

“It was a great ball from Thomas on his home debut, coming inside, a tremendous ball in and good movement from Mallik to finish in between the two centre-backs.”