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McCann will stress front foot message after Colchester triumph

29 November 2023

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McCann will stress front foot message after Colchester triumph

29 November 2023

Grant McCann will hammer home to the Rovers squad his message of staying on the front foot after being left frustrated by aspects of the performance in the win over Colchester United.

While pleased with the victory, McCann was unhappy with the manner in which Rovers sat back after each of the three goals on the night.

And he is determined for the players to abide by his instructions to press on in the hunt for more goals.

“We got the first goal and then we just sat back a bit again,” he said. “It’s something we need to get to the bottom of.

“I spoke to the group and said if it’s something I’ve said, I’d hold my hands up but doing that is not something that’s coming out of my mouth.

“After the first goal, we let Colchester come onto us for a five minute spell and Joe Taylor nearly scored before he actually got the equaliser.

“We made it hard for ourselves but I said to the lads at half time that if we score the next one, we have to keep going and get more. You have to keep the foot down but we sat off again and Colchester had chances.

“It’s not too much of a dig at the lads because on the whole I thought we were good and it’s a good response to losing in the last minute at Crewe.

“But I just want the lads to understand me better. They have to push themselves up the pitch because we speak about it all the time - scoring and scoring again.”

James Maxwell gave Rovers the lead but Joe Taylor equalised before the break for Colchester.

Mo Faal headed Rovers back in front before Joe Ironside extended the advantage from the penalty spot after Luke Molyneux was fouled.

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