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McCann proud of Rovers

27 January 2019

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Grant McCann was proud of his players after they reached the Emirates FA Cup fifth round with a 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic.

It's been 63 years since Rovers reached the last 16 of the competition but two Ben Whiteman goals sealed their progress.

McCann said: “It’s been a long time since we reached the fifth round, the same year my Dad was born and he was at the game today.

“Perhaps that was a lucky omen for us, it’s a credit to the lads and it’s nice to be on the right end of a late goal.

“It means everything for the football club financially, there is an incentive to be the last League One team left in the competition.”

Whiteman’s second goal came after Peter Clarke had levelled the scores late on, and the Rovers manager praised Oldham’s spirit.

He added: “The boys were outstanding, I thought we controlled the game for large parts and their keeper has made a few good saves.

“In an FA Cup tie anything can happen and Oldham had a good spell and got their goal, our reaction was great after that.

“Our result will probably go under the radar a little bit but everyone is looking forward to the draw and we’ll see where that takes us.”

The draw for the fifth round takes place on Monday, January 28 at 7.20pm. The draw will be shown live on The One Show which starts at 7pm on BBC One.


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