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McCann: Hatters test toughest yet

21 March 2019

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Manager Grant McCann says Luton Town may provide the toughest test for his side all season when the two sides meet at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

Rovers travel to face the Sky Bet League One leaders at the weekend, with the Hatters currently on a remarkable run of 25 league games unbeaten, however after beating Luton back in September on home soil, McCann says his side will be out to prove the doubters wrong.

“They’re the best side in League One, there’s no two ways about it, they’re on an incredible run of late, they’re top of the league for a reason, and nobody will give us a chance going there on Saturday, but we have to make sure we prove people wrong,” he said.

“It’s all about us and not about Luton, I’ve had a meeting with our analyst and it was mostly about us and the way we play, there wasn’t too much on Luton and what they do and that’s how it’ll be from now until the end of the season, just like it always has been.

“They’ve gone the whole season unbeaten so far at home in the league, they’ve been very strong, but good runs always have to come to an end at some point, and that’s our focus, we’re only concentrated on us and we’re focusing on getting three points.”

Rovers still lie sixth in the League One table, a point ahead of seventh-placed Coventry City, with Peterborough United a further place and point behind, and McCann says he will be looking for his side to build up momentum as they head towards the final push for the play-offs.

“Everyone has a tough run-in I think, but at this stage of the season, it all comes down to the team that has the momentum heading into the final few games, it’s all about who goes on that run, and we want that to be us on that run,” he added.

“There’s still so many points to play for, the league is really tight, there’s teams below even eighth or ninth that will still feel they have a chance of getting into that top six, and rightly so, but we just have to guard against ourselves really.

“We know that if we win most of our games we’ll have done enough to get into the play-offs, it’ll be an exciting run in and the boys are all looking forward to it, there’s smiles on faces all over the place, and we’re going to give it the best we can.”

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