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McCann cancels squad's day off to hold Morecambe inquest

17 December 2023

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McCann cancels squad's day off to hold Morecambe inquest

17 December 2023

Grant McCann called the Rovers squad in for a Sunday inquest as he sought to quickly draw a line under the heavy defeat to Morecambe.

The Rovers boss took the decision to cancel the usual day off in order to review the game with the players and determine exactly what went wrong in the loss.

“The players will watch it back because we will be in on Sunday,” McCann said. “We need to go into this week and a busy period with getting that game out of the way ASAP by watching it back and looking at things we can get better at. That was not acceptable.

“Usually the boys will have a Sunday off but I think we need to address that ASAP.

“I said in the week that we can beat anyone in this division when we’re at it but we can also get absolutely battered by any team when we’re not.

“That’s something I’m really disappointed with and it’s something we need to get better at when we’re not at our best. We need to maybe be more streetwise and savvy when we’re under the cosh.

“It was a poor day for us and I totally understand the fans’ frustrations because that was unacceptable for us.”

McCann was particularly disappointed in a lack of energy from his side and felt Morecambe were fully deserving of the scoreline.

“They were better in every department,” he said. “I don’t think we had enough aggression about us, enough bite. We were lacklustre, we didn’t run enough.

“These are things that I cannot comprehend and it’s something I can’t have in my team. That’ll change moving forward.”

McCann confirmed after the game that midfielder George Broadbent is likely to miss six weeks through injury but expects Ben Close - who also missed the Morecambe clash - to return for Friday's meeting with Bradford City.

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