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McCann praises Rovers resilience

23 September 2018

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Manager Grant McCann praised his side’s resilience following their third consecutive win in Sky Bet League One after a 2-1 win over Bradford City.

John Marquis scored a goal either side of the break to put Rovers two goals ahead, despite a late scare from the Bantams he was happy to see his side dig out another victory.

“On the whole I think we deserved the win, it doesn’t matter how you play though really, the only thing that matters is the result at full-time, we had some really good spells where we dominated, but then others where we had to dig in,” he said.

“We knew beforehand that it would be a tough game for us, their style of play is relentless, their centre-halves caused us real problems in breaking them down at times, but we were brave in our play and managed to grind out another result.

“We should have scored more than just the two though, Mallik Wilks has had great chances either side of the break, then we ended up making it tougher for ourselves towards the end by conceding late on, but we’ve stuck at it and got the win.”

McCann’s men are now six games unbeaten in the league, and the manager believes his side have come a long way since his arrival in South Yorkshire.

“This group has come such a long way in such a short space of time, we’ve had a tough start to the season so far, and we’ve managed to come through that in a good position, we’re going along nicely and let’s hope it continues,” he added.

“The work rate, the attitude and the way the boys go about their everyday business has been brilliant, in training every day they’re a pleasure to work with, and that helps when it’s like that, they’re a group that want to learn and want to get better.

“They’ve shown that they’ve all grown as players since I arrived, they’re taking on the messages that we’re putting across to them really well, and they’re setting really high standards, it really shows how far they’ve come."

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