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McCann praises team performance

2 September 2018

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Manager Grant McCann praised his side’s performance following Saturday’s 1-1 draw away at Peterborough United in Sky Bet League One.

Ryan Tafazolli’s second-half header brought the Posh back level following John Marquis’ 40th-minute opener, and McCann was quick to heap praise on his No.9 and his fellow forwards.

“When you’re on top, you have to score, and we did just that in the first half, I was delighted for John to score, the work rate he puts in for the team is second to none, he could’ve had a couple more, but he was outstanding,” he said.

“John is a player that wants to run because of his appetite and his energy, he got into positions that caused them a lot of problems, and he always wants more from himself, but there’s no doubt how big a player he is for us.

“We’re creating a lot of chances, Mallik Wilks could have had a couple, Tommy Rowe has had two saved, but on the whole, it was a really good team performance and they can take a lot of heart from that.”

The point away at McCann’s former club saw the Posh drop points for the first time all season, and the Rovers boss said his side would look back on their dominating performance and use that as motivation to improve in the next game.

“We’ve come to the so-called best team in the league and they were never anywhere near us throughout the whole game really, we won’t be getting too down about the result today, it’ll only give us confidence to go out and put it right in the next game,” he added.

“I thought the whole team was first class, the fans were first class, the players were first class, it was a really professional performance from us, and it says a lot when you come away with just a point from here and you’re disappointed.

“It’s early days in the league, we’re disappointed not to get a win regardless of where teams are in the table, it won’t be until around the 15-game mark where we see who can be up there, and we want to be one of those teams up there.”

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