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McCann determined to end home and away differences

8 October 2023

Grant McCann is desperate for Rovers to show the same qualities on the road that they have when at the Eco-Power Stadium over the last couple of months.

McCann felt Rovers’ concentration in both boxes evaded them in the later stages of the clash with Stockport County, and ultimately led to a 1-0 defeat.

And he is determined to get to the bottom of the issue to ensure they find more consistent results, whether home or away.

“We need to show the same concentration levels that we’ve shown at home, particularly recently,” McCann said.

“I said to the lads that if I’d flipped it around and played it at the Eco-Power Stadium, we’d have taken the big chance and there’s no doubt we’d have defended that moment when they scored.

“I don’t know why it has to be different away from home.

“It’s not a physical thing. It’s more a mental thing in the last ten or 15 minutes of games. There were moments when we were slicing at clearances and in the last moments of the game, we were crossing into people rather than putting it into the box.

“Those are the moments that we need to get better at and I’m sure we will.”

McCann was largely pleased with the performance of Rovers on the afternoon but bemoaned

“Stockport are a good team on a good run and I thought we limited them to very little,” he said. “This is a team that scores a lot of goals and apart from one mistake, a team mistake where we don’t press we leave Olaofe free in the box.

“It’s a combination of errors that led to the goal.

“Another thing that disappointed me was that we’ve been looking really threatening from set plays but today when we hit the ball there was no real conviction to it.

“Joe Olowu’s header in the second half needed a bit of conviction, or someone getting on the end of one of those touches that Joe Ironside or Tom Anderson had. It could have been a different story.”


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