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McCann focused on Rovers' response

24 March 2019

Club News

McCann focused on Rovers' response

24 March 2019

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Manager Grant McCann says he will be looking for a quick response from his side following a 4-0 defeat away at Sky Bet League One leaders Luton Town.

A stunning second-half showing from the Championship-bound Hatters blew Rovers away on Saturday at Kenilworth Road, and McCann says his team need to get the energy back in their game ahead of another big week.

“We were miles off the pace all game really, from minute one we were on the back foot, we were second best all over the field, Luton are a top, top side and they’ll reach the Championship quite comfortably, but we were absolutely nowhere near it,” he said.

“They’re a good team but we made it easy for them, they play very well here, but it’s not acceptable, I’ve said that to the players after the game, I want to get into that top six at the end of the season, that’s my firm focus and I’m disappointed.

“I wasn’t happy with the way we lacked a hunger and a desire to go out and get a result here, we had to change shape in the second half, they ran the midfield and we became disjointed, but we’re looking to get that energy back and bounce back quickly.”

Rovers have the chance to regain their top six spot when they host Bristol Rovers on Tuesday evening, before next weekend’s visit of Walsall, and McCann says his side will learn from the defeat and move on quickly.

“We’re always looking to learn lessons, and we can learn a lot from this game and move on to Bristol Rovers on Tuesday now, we are where we are in the league for a reason, we know how good we can be, and we now have two big opportunities at home,” he added.

“We’re normally very good at shaking things like this off, and we have to because the games now at this stage of the season are coming very quickly, we have to make sure that we get two wins from the next two, that’s what I expect.

“Every game is a massive one now, we have to find a bit of consistency in the way we play, we’ll look back at the bad points and the good points and build on it, just as we always do, and make sure we get back into that top six.”

Rovers return to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Bristol Rovers on Tuesday March 26, with tickets available from

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