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McCann happy with winning start

6 August 2018

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Manager Grant McCann was happy with the way his team saw the game out on a breathless opening day away at Southend United on Saturday.

Rovers started their Sky Bet League One campaign with a 3-2 victory on the road with goals from Marquis, Wilks and Rowe sealing three points, and McCann was pleased to get his first win.

“It felt like I’d never been away really, someone said to me the other day, and there’s been a lot made of it, about will this team score goals, we’ve just scored three goals away at Southend and come away with three points,” he said.

“I expect us to go home and get another win next week now, then the week after when we’re on the road again, I want nine points from the first three games, it helps if you get off to a good start in this league, once you get yourself up there, others are playing catch up.

“We deserved the win 100 per cent, you don’t go away to Southend, score three goals and not deserved the victory, yes, we rode our luck at times, but not many teams will take anything from them here this season.”

Saturday’s win in Essex marked McCann’s first competitive game in charge of Rovers, but for the new manager, he felt like he’d never been away, and now he is looking for more of the same.

“That’s what playing under me is all about, I said that to the players in the dressing room after the game, that’s the way I play, we’ve come to a team that are probably one of the best in the league at home and we’ve dominated them in the second-half,” he added.

“We might give some of the fans a heart attack this year, but that’s just the way I set my teams up to play like that, we like to be positive, maybe not so much early on, but after the break we showed how good a team we can be.

“It’s always a hard place to come, and Chris Powell has done a great job in making it that way, not many teams will go there and take three points away this season, there’s going to be a lot of sides looking at us today after this result I’m sure.”

Rovers are looking to build on this victory when Wycombe Wanderers visit in the first home game of the season on Saturday August 11.

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