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McCann out to end Saddlers hoodoo

14 September 2018

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Manager Grant McCann says Rovers won’t be looking at previous results against Walsall ahead of their visit to the Banks’s Stadium in Sky Bet League One this weekend.

Rovers have lost their previous seven league games against Walsall, but McCann says his focus is on turning their Saddlers’ hoodoo on its head against the so-far unbeaten side.

“I’m not surprised by the start they’ve had, Dean Keates did a lot of good work at Wrexham before he got the job at Walsall, he’s had a lot of work to do over the summer to replace some key players, but he’s recruited very well,” he said.

“They have good quality up top in Andy Cook and Morgan Ferrier, they both got a lot of goals in the National League last year, we know they’ll make it a tough game for us, and it’s never an easy place to go.

“We’re fully aware of the record we’ve had against them over the last few years, the last game in particular back in February they were 3-0 down by half-time, but we’re going there to make sure we stamp our authority on the game.”

Rovers will be looking to add to last weekend’s 2-1 victory over a strong Luton Town side, and McCann paid testament to his side’s ability to grind out a result, even when they aren’t at their best.

“We’re always looking for more, we’re creating chances, we’ve not taken as many as we would like but we’re working hard to put it right, and over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen two different sides to us.

“We’ve seen it where we’ve played very well and not got the three points such as the games against Portsmouth and Peterborough, then last weekend we were far from our best against a strong Luton side and we managed to get a result from it.

“As a manager, all I ask is that we get the results, I’ve seen from day one just how hard the group want to work, they’re happy to roll their sleeves up and get a result, and I think that’s a good trait to have.”

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