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McCann: We're a 'nearly team' at the minute

10 September 2023

Grant McCann labelled Rovers a ‘nearly team’ after suffering late frustration at Wrexham.

Rovers looked to be on course for a deserved share of the spoils courtesy of Mo Faal’s equaliser before Elliot Lee drilled home an 89th minute winner for the hosts.

It was another performance of positives from Rovers but McCann is desperate for his side to find the much-needed killer touch that will take them over the line for a first league win of the season.

“We’re just a bit of a nearly team at the minute,” he said. “I’ve said it to the players.

“Our performances are definitely improving but unfortunately we’re not getting the rewards for it. That’s down to us, that’s down to the lads on the pitch and us as a staff to make sure we get that right.

“If you think back to MK Dons, Everton and this one - we’ve had three good performances and got nothing for it.

“I said to the lads that we need to find that winning mentality, that killer instinct, that killer edge that teams have to win games and see games out and get them into a position where they’re challenging at the top end of the league.”

McCann is looking for Rovers to establish an intimidation factor that will take them a long way in matches.

He said: “I would say that we’re not scaring the opposition and when I say that I mean that we haven’t got that fear factor yet. I know that will come.

“A team like Wrexham have probably got a fear factor in terms of what their forward players do, Elliot Lee does, bringing on Steven Fletcher and Paul Mullin. That will send a fear into League Two.

“We don’t have that at the minute. We have the players to do it but we haven’t got that fear factor and that is something we have to keep working on.”


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