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McCann expects difficult Blackpool test

27 August 2018

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Manager Grant McCann says the focus won’t shift as Rovers switch their attentions to the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Blackpool are the visitors in the second round of the competition, and McCann expects the Seasiders to be on top form as both sides fight for a place in the third round pot.

“It’s another big test for us at home, we want to rectify the last two games here where we haven’t scored and drawn two, it’s not ideal because we should be winning our games at home, but whether it’s in the league or cup, our focus remains the same,” he said.

“I’m delighted with how all the boys have done, and no matter what the competition is our aim is always to win the game, we’re at home so at times we will have to be patient, teams are showing us respect and dropping deep and that shows how far we have come.

“Blackpool have had a topsy-turvy start to the season what with their manager leaving very early on, but sometimes that can galvanise you as a group and they can stick together and get a result, but we’re going to concentrate and make sure we get a result.”

Rovers reached the third round of this competition last season, exiting after a 1-0 defeat away at Premier League giants Arsenal, and McCann says the focus is fully on the task in hand and he is aware of what the rewards on offer for progression are.

“We want to get through and get our name into the hat for the next round, the big sides come into it in the next round, but we have to get past Blackpool first, so we’re concentrated on what is in front of us,” he added.

“We want a repeat of the last round really, our performance levels throughout the season have been really good I feel, apart from the first-half of the Southend game on the opening day, we’ve probably been the better team in every game so there’s a lot of progress made.

“The reward at the end of the game could be a big side home or away, but we want to go as far as we can in any competition, a run would be great, but we have to make sure we perform well against Blackpool, then after that we’ll see what the draw does.”

Rovers face Blackpool in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday at the Keepmoat Stadium, secure your seat now from

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