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McCann rues sickening blow after Crewe's injury time winner

26 November 2023

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McCann rues sickening blow after Crewe's injury time winner

26 November 2023

Grant McCann thought his side were the only likely winners throughout an impressive second half display at Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League Two.

Growing into the game after a slow start, Rovers began to dominate possession and turned that into an early lead through Mo Faal before the hosts hit back twice before the break. Rovers dominated for much of the second half getting themselves back on level terms with Joe Ironside adding to his tally with a perfectly placed header, but falling to a late goal in injury time to travel home empty-handed.

"I felt the first five-minutes we started slowly and then we had a 25-minute period we were strong and scored in that spell", McCann said.

"The first goal is a poor one for us to concede, we just let their right sided centre half run and he ends up playing a one-two and scoring. It's poor from our point of view.

"The second one is really disappointing because it's something we worked on. A long throw and O'Riordan has managed to flick it up for himself and volley it in the net."

Moving on to the second half McCann felt much more positive about the way Rovers went about their business.

"The second half was all about whether we could respond. We spoke to the players about the energy and tempo we want to play at, you've got to play on the front foot.  

"I thought second half we were excellent. There was only going to be one team that was going to win the game and it's a sickening blow to concede that goal right at the end. 

"I believe we're a match for any team in the division and little moments just aren't going our way at the moment. We had so many chances and I thought we were going to win the game in that second half."


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