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'We know them, they know us' - McCann on opposition familiarity ahead of Accrington visit

8 December 2023

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'We know them, they know us' - McCann on opposition familiarity ahead of Accrington visit

8 December 2023

Grant McCann feels Rovers and Accrington Stanley are well versed in each other’s games as they prepare to renew acquaintances in Sky Bet League Two.

The two sides have met twice already this term, with the Emirates FA Cup first round tie going to replay which Rovers won in extra time.

Speaking to the media ahead of the trip to the Wham Stadium, McCann feels Rovers are in for another entertaining game with John Coleman’s side.

“We know they’re a good team and John is a good manager,” McCann said. “They’re strong.

“We’ve played each twice now and one of them went to extra time so I’m sure we know them and they know us. We know it’s all leading to an entertaining game.

“We’ll go there and look to try to continue doing what we’re doing. We feel we’re in good form, results are coming and we want to be try to be more consistent by putting two, three, four results and performances together.

“I feel that’s all that’s missing for us at the minute. In the tight games we’re just not getting over the line. I think back to Crewe and Peterborough in the FA Cup.

“Our aim is to try to get over the line in those games. There’s games where we’ve been really good and won and those that we haven’t won, we’ve been good in those as well, maybe apart from AFC Wimbledon where we deserved nothing.

“We know we’re on the right trajectory in terms of how we want to perform and it’s just about consistent wins.”

McCann revealed the midfielder Zain Westbrooke is set to miss eight to 12 weeks after a scan revealed a thigh muscle tear that will require surgery.

“It’s a bit of a disappointing outcome for us and it’s disappointing for Zain because he was in such good form,” he said.

Jack Senior could make his return to the squad at Accrington following injury.

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