Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna opens up on Hull City dugout punch

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna during the 3-3 draw against City at the MKM Stadium in late April
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It was a moment caught on camera and beamed quickly across the world amid one of the most enthralling Championship games of another captivating season.

Hull City had just levelled up for the third time against Ipswich Town after Noah Ohio slammed in the Tigers' third goal three minutes from time to snatch a deserved point, and Tractor Boys boss Kieran McKenna was seen punching the inside of the dugout in frustration.

McKenna was dismayed at Harry Clarke's foul on Jaden Philogene which afforded City the chance to put the ball into the penalty area which Fabio Carvalho did, Matty Jacob rose at the back post to head at goal with goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky flapping the header into the path of Ohio who fired in.

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At that point, Town looked to be dropping two points which could have proved pivotal in their quest to win automatic promotion to the Premier League. And McKenna's angst was obvious having seen goals from George Hirst and a stunning Omari Hutchinson brace cancelled out by Ozan Tufan and Liam Delap.

While that enthralling contest finished 3-3, Town would then go on and beat Coventry and relegated Huddersfield to secure their place in the Premier League, and following that sensational achievement, McKenna has spoken for the first time about hitting the MKM Stadium dugout with such ferocity in what could have been a big moment in the race for promotion.

“It was just frustration because I thought the stages of the game when the scores were even, we were really in the ascendancy and looking like scoring," the Northern Irishman explained in conversation with the Tractor Boys' website.

“It was obviously such a big game and we put ourselves in such a good position to win it. I think we knew going there that a point wouldn’t have been the end of the world, but we never think like that. We were going for the win and we put ourselves in such a good position to win the game. The goals we conceded were frustrating from our point of view, all three of them. People maybe said the first one but for me it was more the second and third. We didn’t defend the cross well enough for the second.

“Then Hull are such a good footballing team, so if you concede a deep diagonal free-kick and a ricochet, a sort of lucky or random goal like that against them, it’s doubly frustrating. It’s a moment where the frustration came out. People don’t see it very often, the players have seen it a little bit more, that side of me. It’s probably nothing incredibly unusual to them, and of course, you try to keep your composure at all moments but we’re all human.

“It was the end of the season, we were fighting for big things and it was a really frustrating moment. But honestly, by the time I came out of that game, I was so positive about the performance, how we played and how good the game was. We knew we had everything still in our hands.”