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McCann pledges closer look into lack of killer touch against Barrow

1 October 2023

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McCann pledges closer look into lack of killer touch against Barrow

1 October 2023

Grant McCann bemoaned a lack of killer instinct in his team as Rovers’ winning run came to an end at Barrow.

Rovers struggled to break down a well-organised Barrow side at the SO Legal Stadium as they fell to a 3-2 defeat.

And McCann says he will search for the reasons why as he picks through the bones of the loss.

“I thought we controlled large periods in the first half without threatening them,” manager McCann said. “That was without showing any killer instinct or any sort of aggression in the final third.

“This is not just a pop at the front players - this is us as a team and we just didn’t show anything about us really.

“We go in 1-0 down and if you don’t show that aggression and hunger to score, it’s going to happen. In the second half, we started quite brightly but we concede the second from another mistake.

“For the chances we had and that 20 minute spell we had in the first half, we should have scored one or two goals there. For whatever reason, we didn’t have that hunger to score.

“That’s something I need to look at and watch. I think back to that cross from Luke Molyneux from the short corner, where we had three players beyond the back post and one at the front post but no one in between the posts, ready to score. It’s so disappointing.

“We got ourselves back into the game with Joe Ironside’s goal but from there it was very disappointing.

“The last six performances or so for us have been very good but in this one we were nowhere near, particularly when we scored and got it back to 2-1.”

McCann is thankful for the opportunity to bounce back quickly as Rovers host on-form Crawley Town on Tuesday night.


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