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Boss wants ruthless streak to continue at Scunthorpe

14 August 2018

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Manager Grant McCann says there will be no let up from his side as they prepare to face Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.

Rovers travel to Glanford Park to meet the Iron in the first round of the Carabao Cup and, after winning his first two league games in charge McCann wants to build on his side’s early season form.

“There’ll be no resting, most of the group will be all ready and available for selection, there’s a lot more to come from this squad, starting off with a win is always good, there’s still work to do, I’m never happy and I expect more,” he said.

“I’m always searching for something else, searching for better, the players heard that at training when we had a team meeting, I showed them maybe 10-12 positives, but there was always one or two things that I want to bring up to improve.

“It’s been a good start but we’re not getting carried away at all, we’re fully focused on the next game, it’ll be a good test for us, we want to build on the momentum that we’ve picked up from the last two games, and hopefully give them a good game.”

Rovers make the short trip down the M180 for the first time since January, where Alfie Beestin’s 96th-minute header stole a point at the death, but McCann believes it is vital to ignore the rivalry between the two sides and focus on the task in hand.

“It’s another game for us, if you go into the game making a big thing about the local rivalry then you can lose focus of it, you just have to go into it like you would any other game, and we’ll go there and give it our best,” he added.

“Scunthorpe are a good team, they’ve lost some big players over the summer but Nick Daws has done well to strengthen the side, we know we’re up against it and it’ll be a tough game, but we’re going there full of confidence.

“I don’t think I need to say anything to the players, they already know how big a rivalry this is and how much it means to the fans, I’ve seen Alfie’s goal last season there and the reaction behind the goal after it, it’s a cup game and we want to progress.”

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