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McCann: There's no quick fix but we're getting better all the time

6 October 2023

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McCann: There's no quick fix but we're getting better all the time

6 October 2023

Grant McCann insists the building process for Rovers is continual as he seeks to ensure results stay consistently good.

Rovers have won three of their last four league matches as they prepare to visit on-form Stockport County on Saturday.

Reflecting on the improvement in results and the challenge ahead, McCann said it was to be expected that progression would - and will - be a gradual process.

“We were always going to take a bit of time and we’re still going to take a bit of time,” he said.

“It’s not like a magic switch - it’s not like turning a light on or off. It’s gradual building, gradual players understanding how we work, it’s gradual players returning to fitness, it’s gradually getting players that were here changing their mindset to a different approach or different ways of playing, and it’s new players coming into the building understanding things. And it’s moulding all that together.

“It’s not easy. There’s no quick fix on it. It’s continuing to build and it’s small percentages all the time to get better.

“And we’re definitely getting better. I see it all the time and it’s a really good thing. We’re definitely moving in the right direction.”

McCann has been impressed by the increase in intensity and aggression in both attacking and defensive play.

“I’m starting to see a lot of improvements in that aspect,” he said. “We saw signs of it in pre-season, where the energy was great. I think back to the game against Sheffield Wednesday here where the energy, the aggression, the attitude was excellent. There was no fear in the approach and that’s the way I want my teams to play, and this team.

“I feel as if we’re starting to slowly but surely see that. And we want to keep doing that. We don’t want anyone to go safe and think ‘I’ll stay here and maybe someone else will do that job.’ We’d rather go for it and if ultimately it’s not enough and we get beat, at least we can say we’ve produced what we set out to do.

“As a manager, it’s frustrating when you lose and you haven’t done what you worked on, the principles you’ve worked on and what the boys know.

“I think we’ve definitely improved on those aspects of the game.”

On Saturday’s hosts Stockport, McCann is expecting a very difficult challenge against a side who have won five straight matches in Sky Bet League Two.

“It’s a good game for us on Saturday against a very good Stockport team who are on an excellent run,” he said. “Everyone expected to see that, especially myself given the way they’ve recruited and how well they did last season.

“It’ll be a tough game on Saturday.

“They’re hard to beat. In the last five or six games they’ve been scoring a lot of goals and not conceding a lot.

“It’s another challenge for us, a tough challenge but one we’re looking forward to.”

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