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McCann: Rovers ready for Pompey challenge

24 August 2018

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Manager Grant McCann says his side will be ready for the challenge ahead when they host Portsmouth on Saturday.

McCann’s men host Pompey at the Keepmoat Stadium in Sky Bet League One, with Kenny Jackett’s side yet to drop points in the league, and the Rovers manager believes his side are fully focused on the task in hand.

“There are some big teams in this league that have had a good start, our next two games are against two sides that have won all four in the league, we’re focused on the next game against Portsmouth, but that’s a challenge that we’re looking forward to,” he said.

“They’ve had a great start but it’s still early days, there’s a few teams that have had a good start in this league, three or four wins can put you right up there, we’re striving to do that after not winning the last two.

“Portsmouth are a very strong side with a lot of goals in their team, it’ll be a tough one for us, they’re quick on the break and they’ve got the ability to leave the likes of Brett Pitman on the bench, we know we’ll have to be patient at times, but we will be ready."

Saturday’s game with Pompey marks McCann’s third home league game in charge of the club after becoming manager in June, and he feels his squad have come a long way since he and assistant manager Cliff Byrne arrived in South Yorkshire.

“The boys are very understanding and their wanting to get better has really shown which is outstanding for me, it’s the first time I’ve gone into the unknown really going into a new club, it could be hard to get ideas across initially, but this group have been fantastic,” he added.

“The lads have all been great since I started here, we want to keep building on what we’ve got going on here, the fans have been brilliant, and I feel they’re really behind the group, hopefully they can see what we’re trying to do and that we’re doing it the right way.

“I’m always looking for more, that’s from me, from Cliff, from the players, we always expect more from everyone to deliver that, at the end of the day that’s our job to do so, that is how the progression from the group is made.”

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