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McCann 'proud' of bravery on the ball shown by Rovers at Mansfield

30 December 2023

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McCann 'proud' of bravery on the ball shown by Rovers at Mansfield

30 December 2023

Grant McCann spoke of his pride in his Rovers players as they delivered on his demands for bravery in an excellent performance at Mansfield Town.

The manager had called for the group to show more freedom in their play following three consecutive defeats and they responded at the One Call Stadium with a much-improved performance for a well-deserved share of the spoils.

Though Rovers fell behind to a Callum Johnson header in the first half, they were arguably the better side in the opening 45 minutes and competed well after the break, when Joe Ironside found the equaliser.

“I thought it was a good performance and from what we showed against Notts County on Boxing Day, it was chalk and cheese,” McCann said.

“We worked in the last few days on trying to get the players to be braver, take more risks and be freer in their play. I thought we did.

“I thought we were much more in control and Mansfield changed their shape three times against us which was real credit to us in terms of how we played.

“It was a really good performance and a good point on the road.

“I was proud of the boys and how they played, how they passed the ball.

“I know we’ve got it in us. Previous to the three games where we’ve been disappointed in ourselves, we’ve been playing well and been in every single game- though maybe we didn’t play as well as what we saw here on the ball.”

McCann felt the bravery and freedom stretched throughout the team on the night.

He said: “There were elements of our performance that I was really pleased with. Ian Lawlor and Louis Jones when he came on, the two centre halves Owen Bailey and Joseph Olowu starting every attack, being calm and in control and waiting for the movements in midfield. Both full backs were expansive in their play and creating opportunities.

“When you have everybody taking the risks, being brave, playing with freedom and with a smile on their face, good things come your way.

“We haven’t seen that in the three previous games but we did here and it’s something we have to build on.”

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