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McCann on no fear approach to play-off second leg

15 May 2019

Club News

McCann on no fear approach to play-off second leg

15 May 2019

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Grant McCann says his side will approach the second leg of the play-off semi-final with no fear as they prepare to travel to Charlton Athletic on Friday evening.

Rovers have been labelled underdogs since the start and McCann is keen to point out that, while reaching the play-offs is an achievement, his side are there through merit, not luck.

“We’ve got to this stage and we’re here because we deserve to be here, make no mistake about that,” he said.

“We’ve proven over 46, 47 games that we’re a good team so let’s not settle for second best, let’s make sure we give everything and if we come unstuck and things don’t go our way then at least we can hold our hands up and say we gave it everything we have.

“We’re two wins away from playing in the Championship and when you say it like that it does make you think. Something like that can change the lives and careers of everyone in that changing room.”

Rovers will travel to The Valley trailing by one point goal after Matty Blair’s late goal at the Keepmoat Stadium cut the Addick’s lead in half.

“That goal at the end is key – it gives us a sense of belief now that we can go to their place and turn the deficit around. It won’t be easy but it shouldn’t be at this stage,” said McCann.

“Every game will be tight, all games in play-offs this season have been tight – we’re no different. It’s a great challenge for us – and we want to embrace it, enjoy it and play with no fear and then we’ll see where it takes us.

“One thing we’ve shown this year is we stick to our beliefs, we stick to what we think we’re good at. The philosophy at this football club won’t change while I’m the manager, it’ll always be about playing on the front foot, it will always be about a high press and winning the ball back as quickly as you can and we’ll be trying to do that on Friday.”

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