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WATCH | Grant McCann reacts to defeat to Salford City

24 October 2023

Grant McCann was left frustrated by a lack of ruthlessness in both boxes as Rovers fell to a 3-0 defeat to Salford City.

The Rovers boss was largely pleased with the performance on the night but was left to bemoan a lack of a clinical edge in front of goal, as well as being punished by the opposition, who netted all three through striker Matt Smith.

"It's an old cliche that matches are won in both boxes and we just weren't good enough in both," McCann said.

"We know Matt Smith's threats. He's probably one of the best centre forwards in the division, he's played at a higher level and we just couldn't cope with his threat in the air. He could have had four.

"I try to give a fair reflection and it's probably the best we've been between the boxes. Credit where credit is due, I was pleased with the boys and the way they kept going.

"Ultimately it's your final ball and your edge at the top end of the pitch that wins you games, and so does keeping the ball out of the back of your own net."

To watch McCann's post-match press conference, click play on the video above.

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