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McCann: We'd have beat Swindon with 11 men

3 September 2023


McCann: We'd have beat Swindon with 11 men

3 September 2023

Grant McCann is convinced Rovers would have picked up their first league win of the season had they had 11 men throughout their clash with Swindon Town.

Rovers had been on top for the majority of the first half when Tommy Rowe was dismissed just before the break. It set the scene for a battling performance in which Rovers earned a goalless draw with the unbeaten Robins.

“In my opinion, we win the game if we have 11 men on the pitch but it wasn’t to be,” he said.

“We wanted to take the three points and we have to settle for the point and the 0-0.

“But I think we have to respect that point today. When I say that, I mean it’s a big point given the shift the boys put in during the week and then having to go again with ten men for the majority of the game.

“It’s a massive shift from the lads.

“After the first ten or 15 minutes or so we started to find our feet. You could feel the crowd getting up.”

The result brought to an end an intense week for Rovers as they followed up the trip to MK Dons with a fully committed performance against Premier League side Everton in the Carabao Cup.

And McCann admitted the upcoming blank midweek will be welcomed.

“I think it’s important they get a bit of a breather in the early part of the week,” he said. “It’s been a tough week, we’ve been in every single day and we’ve had three tough games in quick succession.

“It’ll be the case of getting the balance right for a couple of days and then getting them back on the pitch to get ready for the Wrexham game.”

Saturday’s draw saw the return off the bench of Tom Anderson and Harrison Biggins and McCann says the injury picture at the club is rapidly improving.

“We didn’t envision them playing 45 minutes having only trained for two or three days but that’ll do them good, getting those minutes into their legs,” he said.

“This week we’ll hopefully have Tom Nixon back, Kyle Hurst back, maybe Ben Close. We’re starting to move strongly on getting players back.”

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