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McCann praises loan duo

25 August 2018

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Manager Grant McCann was full of praise for his two young loan signings ahead of this weekend’s game with Portsmouth.

McCann singled out Herbie Kane and Mallik Wilks for their efforts in his opening five games in charge of the club and praised the two for attitude to learning upon their arrival to the Keepmoat Stadium.

“The lads we’ve brought in have been first class, both Herbie and Mallik have been great in terms of not just their performances but around the building as well, the lads love them, and they’ve been great to work with,” he added.

“We’re pleased with Herbie, he’s been excellent ever since he came in really, his performances have been top class, everyone has taken to him, the fans, the players, and he’s really enjoying his first loan spell.

“We’re in constant contact with both Leeds and Liverpool, they know how much the two of them are enjoying their football and that they are loving it here, I always feel that it doesn’t matter where you are, the main thing is the enjoyment and that’s evident with both of them.”

Saturday’s visit of Portsmouth sees Rovers come up against a side currently boasting a 100 per cent record in Sky Bet League One this season, but McCann feels his side have adjusted well since his arrival, and he says the improvements made can help them this weekend.

“I said it early on this season that we are ready, even after being in charge for a short period of time here, we’ve got a lot in to the group in the early part, they’ve taken everything on board, training has been great, and I think we’re adjusting well now,” he added.

“Portsmouth will be a big test for us but we’re all firmly focused on what we can do at the weekend, we know that we have to make improvements to get better in certain areas, and we will continue to do that whether we’re winning or losing.

“Looking back on the last couple of games, we really should have won both when you look at the amount of chances we’ve created once again, it’s important that we work hard to take our chances and go out to win the game from the off.”

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