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McCann only focused on football ahead of Wrexham trip

8 September 2023

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McCann only focused on football ahead of Wrexham trip

8 September 2023

On-pitch matters are Grant McCann’s focus as he prepares to take Rovers to much-talked-about Wrexham this weekend.

With Hollywood owners in Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney and a documentary series to boot, the Welsh side have quickly become one of the most high-profile in the EFL.

The backing, along with the manner in which they won the National League title last season, saw Wrexham tipped to win a second consecutive promotion this season.

But McCann was only interested in talk of Rovers as he met with the media ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Racecourse Ground.

“I just see it as the next game - it doesn’t matter who it is for us really,” McCann said. “We want to continue to improve on what we’re doing and keep moving forward.

“For us, we know we’re in decent form. Results could be better, we know that.

“But if you look at the first six games in the league, there’s been two of them where we’ve been really disappointing and four of them where we’ve been right in it and probably could have got more points.

“It’s something that we’ve looked at when we’ve debriefed this week as a staff and players together.

“Performances are okay and they’re great but we’re in a results business and we want to see more wins on the board. That’s what we’re looking to do over these next six games.”

Discussing the challenge Wrexham will pose on the pitch, McCann is expecting a tough test.

“I’m focused on my team going there and putting in a good performance that will hopefully get us the three points,” he said.

“They’re new to the league but the manager is someone who is very experienced and they’ve added experienced players as well. They’re a good team and we know that. You don’t get that many points in the National League  - we saw that with Notts County.

“We know it’ll be a tough game but we have to be focused on us.”

Rovers will take a sold-out following of almost 1,200 supporters to the Racecourse Ground on Saturday and McCann is delighted with the support that has been shown so far this season.

“The support has been outstanding here since we’ve come back,” he said. “We’ve been told the numbers have risen from last season and the year before which is brilliant for us.

“We’re just frustrated that we haven’t put wins on the board for them but we can see it turning. The mentality is shifting, players are coming back from injury, the squad is starting to adapt to the surroundings and understanding each other more.

“I’m sure the tide will turn.”

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