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McCann proud of Rovers' determination

28 November 2018

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Manager Grant McCann praised his side’s determination following their 2-0 win at home to Blackpool in Sky Bet League One on Tuesday night.

Goals either side of the break from Herbie Kane and John Marquis saw McCann’s men go four unbeaten in all competitions, and the manager was pleased to see his team still have fuel in the tank after Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby at Barnsley.

“I thought it was a really disciplined performance from the boys out there, they looked comfortable and it was all the more pleasing after the tough game that we had at the weekend as well,” he said.

“A lot of energy was taken out of the players on Saturday after the local derby, we only made the one change after it though and we dealt with Blackpool really well, as a team I thought we were very good.

“The first goal was crucial for us, and we’ve said that before, the reaction from Herbie to win the ball was brilliant to see because it’s something that we’ve worked on, then he plays a one-two and it’s a superb strike into the corner, so we’re all delighted with the result.”

McCann then went on to praise his two goal-scorers from the evening, with Kane scoring his fifth goal in his last five games, and Marquis netting his 12th of the season, and his 10th in the league.

“Herbie’s really found his shooting boots in recent weeks, he could’ve had another with a free-kick that hit the crossbar late on, we’re absolutely delighted with him, we seem to be talking about him every week, and I’ve said it before that the boy really is top class,” he added.

“I was really pleased to see John get his goal too, I think some of the work he puts in for this team sometimes goes unnoticed, he really sets the tone with some of his pressing, his aggressiveness and reactions are superb, and he needed that goal.

“That goal will give him a lot of confidence, that’s 12 goals he’s got now and we’re not even in December, that’s not to be sniffed at, especially seen as he got 15 goals the whole of last season, he’s going to be in a really good place.”

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