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McCann convinced over Rovers' improvement

16 August 2023


McCann convinced over Rovers' improvement

16 August 2023

Grant McCann does not doubt that Rovers will continue to improve after seeing positive signs in the draw with Mansfield Town.

Having been disappointed with the performances in the first two league outings of the season, McCann was pleased with the grit and determination demonstrated by Rovers in the 2-2 draw, while insisting that much better is to come from his side.

“There were some positives for us in that I liked the workrate and energy of the team,” the Rovers boss said. “There’s obviously loads for us to work on in terms of what we do in possession.

“But that will come and I’ve no doubt this group will get stronger and stronger.”

McCann was delighted for the two goalscorers on the night against the Stags, with Tom Nixon marking his EFL debut with a stunning volley while striker Joe Ironside also got off the mark for the club.

But he expressed frustration at the goals conceded which twice allowed Mansfield to draw level in the game.

“It was a really good goal from Tom Nixon on his debut,” McCann said. “The kid is some player and he’s going to be top.

“He tired a little bit towards the end with his lack of football given to his suspension in the first game and not being able to play against Hull.

“It was a fantastic strike, just to catch it so sweetly like that on the volley.

“It was great to see Joe get off the mark. I thought he was excellent. It’s never easy playing against dominant centre backs but I thought he held his own and gave them a tough ride and got his goal.

“The goals we’ve conceded, it’s just disappointing for us again. Another mistake that has led to a counterattack and a ball to the back post and then a carbon copy of Newport’s fourth goal on Saturday. It was a great strike from the boy but it’s something we’ve got to look at because it’s the same goal being scored in the last two games.”

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