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McCann: Rovers should relish Blackpool challenge

12 March 2019

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Grant McCann says his side should relish the challenge as Rovers travel to eighth-placed Blackpool.

McCann believes Tuesday's opponents have got their mojo back with fans returning to Bloomfield Road in their thousands after a change in the club's ownership, but McCann believes these are the games his players enjoy most.

"We've looked at Saturday's game at Bloomfield Road and there's barely an empty seat," he said.

"That's what's happening at that club, the fans are back and that will make it difficult. They've got their mojo back. It's always going to be difficult when a club has been given a new lease of life, but we've had two good games against them this season already so we know what we're up against.

"We've been quite good against the teams around us and picked up some really positive results, and they're the good games. These are the matches you want to be involved in because it shows you where you are and gives you an idea of how far you can go."

It is just the third time this season that Rovers have not won in four matches this season. On both previous occasions, Rovers bounced back with impressive runs (six wins in eight and then 12 wins in 18) and McCann believes that his side can show that resilience again.

"We've lacked it for four games, there's no hiding from that, but we've watched all those games back and we've had spells in all of them," he said.

"We need to make sure we don't get ahead of ourselves, we need to make sure we don't throw out all the plans and everything we've worked on since pre-season. We've shown in these past four games that we've got it in ourselves to get a performance, and if we perform for 90 minutes, nine times out of ten, we'll get the win.

"We've got 11 games to go and every single person in the building is looking forward to it, we'll embrace it. We have to start playing with that fire, that energy, that tempo, that intensity which we have shown for most of the season."


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