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McCann drawing on FA Cup experience for Charlton trip

30 November 2018

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Rovers manager Grant McCann is hoping his form in the Emirates FA Cup as a manager can continue this season.

McCann has always reached the third round as a manager, with his side heading to Charlton Athletic on Saturday knowing they could not have been handed a much tougher tie at this stage of the famous competition.

The Rovers boss said: "I've enjoyed good spells in it as a manager, going to Chelsea in the third round in my first year at Peterborough then going to Aston Villa the next year and beating them on their own patch followed by playing Leicester City in front of the TV cameras.

"Clubs in League One and Two know you can turn your season around based on a cup run. Look at Lincoln City, they've invested on the back of their FA Cup success and it wouldn't surprise me if they won League Two now on the back of that incredible run."

Rovers head south full of confidence and unbeaten in four games. McCann has options to rotate his squad given the busy period of games, but is unlikely to make too many changes as he seeks a place in the draw for the third round.

He added: "It couldn't be a much tougher spell for us, with a derby away at Barnsley followed by in-form Blackpool at home then away at Charlton who are another form team.

"We want to go through to the next round, so we'll take a strong squad there. Whatever team we pick, we believe we re good enough to progress. We were disappointed with the way we performed down there in the league game, so we want to make sure we do better than that."

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