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McCann: Rovers in it to win it

4 September 2018

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Manager Grant McCann says the focus remains the same as Rovers make their Checkatrade Trophy bow on Tuesday night at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Rovers host Newcastle United under-21s in the first Group G game of the competition, and McCann is determined to see his side do well in the tournament they won in its old format in 2007.

“We’re in it to win it, I want to play as strong a side as I can really, if I can bring on some young players then great, but I want us to go far and my focus is 100% on making sure we progress as far as we can,” he said.

“There’s a lot been made of the Checkatrade Trophy and I know that a lot of people have had an opinion on it, but as you progress through the stages, the fan interest increases and hopefully we see that here too.

“There’s a real chance to get to Wembley in this tournament and you can’t knock that, I’ve been very fortunate to have played their three times, winning twice, there’s only a couple lads in the squad that have played there before so we’re all eager to get there.”

McCann won the competition, then the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, alongside current Rovers captain Tommy Rowe, whilst playing for Peterborough United in 2014, and he believes the progression through the tournament can really give Rovers a boost as the season goes on.

“It’s a competition that I want us to do well in, we want to go as far as we can in that, it won’t be easy we know, but having been involved in it, and winning it, as a player, it gives you the confidence that you can go on and achieve something more later on,” he added.

“It’s a great stadium to play at and it’s a great day out for the fans and everyone at the club, it’s a brilliant competition that gives clubs from League One and League Two, and of course the under-21 sides, a big chance to go and play at Wembley.

“There’s a huge prize at the end of it and it’s something that you’ll never forget, I’ll never forget winning it with Peterborough, it can give you a lot of belief that you can go on and do something at the end of the season and we’ll be aiming to do just that.”

Tuesday night's game with Newcastle United under-21s kicks off at 7:00pm, with all fans to be situated in the Donasonic East Stand. Tickets can be purchased via the Club Doncaster Box Office right up to kick-off - please be aware that there are NO CASH GATES on the night.

Purchase your ticket now by either visiting in store, calling on 01302 762576, or online at

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