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McCann: We're not giving supporters enough

23 December 2023


McCann: We're not giving supporters enough

23 December 2023

Grant McCann made it clear to his players that they have not given Rovers supporters enough in their last two performances at the Eco-Power Stadium.

McCann felt the lack of fans remaining in the stands at the end of the 3-1 loss to Bradford City was reflective of the mood around the club following consecutive comprehensive defeats.

And he told the squad afterwards that much better is required.

“The last two games have been really disappointing,” McCann said. “It’s felt like we’ve gone backwards in those two games and there’s no point me saying anything different because that’s what the fans are saying.

“You could see at the end. There was probably 100 people left in the stadium at the end.

“I said to Joe Ironside as we walked around ‘This is what we’re producing at the minute. The fans are just disappearing because we’re not giving them enough.’

“We’re not giving them anywhere near enough and that’s not good enough.”

Joe Ironside put Rovers ahead after seven minutes but it proved to be as good as it got with Bradford controlling the game and taking the three points courtesy of an Andy Cook brace and a Tyler Smith strike.

And it was a lack of energy from his side that had McCann most disappointed.

“I felt after the first 15 or 20 minutes that Bradford just had too much for us,” he said.

“It’s hard for me to say that but they had more experience than us, they won first and second balls more than us. Richie Smallwood won every second ball in the middle of the pitch and we couldn’t get near him. He just kept hooking balls in behind us and Tyler Smith was running between us.

“It’s not good enough.

“I take full responsibility for it but we said to the players that they need to go away and have a look at themselves because what they’re showing at the minute is nowhere near good enough.

“We’ve got to make sure we get better - it’s as simple as that.”

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