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McCann on 'worst performance of the season' at AFC Wimbledon

12 November 2023

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McCann on 'worst performance of the season' at AFC Wimbledon

12 November 2023

Frustrated Grant McCann said he did not recognise his Rovers side in the 2-0 defeat at AFC Wimbledon.

Rovers struggled for attacking fluency throughout at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and fell to two goals from Ali Al Hamidi.

“It wasn’t good enough,” McCann said. “Nowhere near where we’ve been. We deservedly got beat. There was no energy, no threat and no aggression about us.

“I don’t think their goalkeeper made a save all day. It was a tough one for us to take. They were better than us on the day and we can have no complaints.

“The start of the game wasn’t great and we gave them chances early on with sloppy and under-hit passes. Maybe it swung that way.

“I do think the first goal was a free kick on George Broadbent at the front post but it didn’t go our way and we conceded off the second phase, which was a mistake as we let the runner go.

“In the second half, it was another mistake - not a great header inside from Owen Bailey and a slip from Tom Anderson and all of a sudden it’s in the back of our net.

“For me, I didn’t smell it at all. I could just see it.

“I said to the lads at half time that we need to find something from within because we didn’t seem like we’d got anything in us.

“They’ve been excellent for maybe two months but that for me was maybe the worst performance of the season. I don’t think we threatened their goalkeeper.

“I know we’ve had some poor performances, like at Newport away, but in front of 700 fans, we gave them nothing and I don’t think their keeper had a save to make.

“We didn’t deserve anything and there’s no point in saying that we did. We had some semi half chances but when we got to the final third our crosses were poor and we didn’t get on the end of anything.

“We were way away from what we’ve shown over the last few months.”

 

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