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McCann pledges calm after Newport defeat

13 August 2023

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McCann pledges calm after Newport defeat

13 August 2023

Grant McCann insists that calm heads will prevail in the aftermath of Rovers’ heavy defeat at Newport County.

The Rovers manager labelled the performance in the 4-0 loss ‘unacceptable’ and said everything that could go wrong, went wrong for his side.

As he looks to address the circumstances of the defeat ahead of Tuesday’s visit of Mansfield Town to the Eco-Power Stadium, McCann said the group cannot afford to dwell on what happened at Rodney Parade for too long.

“There’s two ways that you can go about it - you can either throw your toys out of the pram or you can remain calm,” he said. “I know what I’ll do. I’ll remain calm and I’ll make sure I pick the players up and go again.

“It’s a three game week and that’s all we can do. We can’t let it linger, we have to address it and move on.

“The players lacked serious energy and it’s something we have to look at. They are fit. It’s hard when you go 2-0 down, in the manner that we did as well by gifting two goals to them. It’s frustrating.”

On an afternoon of few positives, McCann praised the impact made off the bench by new signing Mo Faal, who joined the club on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion on Friday.

“I thought he was good when he came on,” McCann said. “I wish I’d have brought him on earlier to be honest.

“You can see what he’s about. He’s hard to play against and showed real maturity for his age when he came on I thought. It was a good debut from him.”


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