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McCann still confident that success will come at Rovers

23 December 2023


McCann still confident that success will come at Rovers

23 December 2023

Grant McCann has not lost the faith that he will enjoy success once again with Rovers.

McCann was bitterly disappointed with the performance in defeat to Bradford City, which followed the showing against Morecambe he labelled ‘unacceptable.’

But he refused to write off the current campaign

“It’s going to take a bit of time and I’ve no doubt that we’re going to be a success at this football club,” he said. “It may take a bit of time.

“We haven’t given up on this season yet. We know we’ve been disappointing in the last couple of games but we want to be really competitive in the second half of the season.

“Let’s see where we go.

“It’s going to take a while to get this club going again and when I say that I mean really rocking.

“Hopefully a few windows and getting a group in that we feel can really buy into what we want to do. I’m not saying this group don’t but more players to come in and work how we want to work.

“At the minute, they’re not showing anywhere near enough for the standards that myself, Cliff, Lee Glover, Copps and Kyle Letheren expect and demand.”

McCann admitted he has been taken aback by the manner of the recent performances from his side.

“What has taken me by surprise is the lack of energy in the group and the lack of aggression,” he said. “I know they’re a good group in there.

“But what I’ve seen in the last couple of games is people accepting losing a duel, accepting people running off us. That’s not coaching - it’s just doing your job and staying with your man.

“These things are really disappointing for me and it’s hard to accept when you see things like that out on the pitch.

“We need more legs in the team, more energy, more physicality and more pace. We’ve not got enough of that at the minute.

“January is around the corner but we’ve got three games before then. We have to find a way in these next three games to get as many points as we can and keep ourselves in a position in the league where we can affect it in the second half of the season.

“What we’re showing at the minute is just an acceptance, and that is really disappointing. An acceptance to getting beat, to losing.

“It hurts. It hurts me and my staff and I hope it hurts the players because what I’ve seen in the last couple of games is a real lacklustre energy about us and not enough commitment to winning duels and getting forward.”

McCann is tasked with preparing his side for a quick turnaround with a trip to Notts County to come on Boxing Day.

And he says the onus is on everyone to do all they can to be ready for the test ahead.

“It’s all of us as a collective,” he said. “As a management team we need to get the players ready for Boxing Day, get a plan in place that we think can hurt Notts County. That’s how we approach every game and we need to get on the pitch and hopefully try to deliver it.”

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