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McCann pleased with resolve of Rovers in Sutton fightback

4 February 2024

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McCann pleased with resolve of Rovers in Sutton fightback

4 February 2024

Grant McCann was delighted with the manner in which Rovers shook off the disappointment of falling behind at Sutton United to snatch a last gasp point.

Craig Eastmond gave the hosts the lead 17 minutes from time in the high pressure game at the VBS Community Stadium.

Though they lacked fluency in possession throughout the game, Rovers pushed for the equaliser and found it deep in added time with a Joe Ironside penalty.

“We’re really pleased with the response after conceding a poor, sloppy goal where a ricochet came in and Eastman has just arrived in the box,” McCann said.

“We responded and there was calmness and real composure from Joe Ironside to score the penalty.

“From their point of view, they were probably looking at it as a must-win game so that’s what we were up against and it’s difficult.

“We set the team up to win and we had some good chances in the first half.

“Probably the second half we didn’t do that enough. Overall, we’ll take the point, move on and home games are really important for us. We have 17 left and let’s see how we go.”

McCann felt Rovers being denied two other penalties had a major impact on how the game played out.

He said: “I’m disappointed that we did’t win. We should have had two penalties - clear penalties.

“The game was just stop-start. Every time there was a half challenge in the middle of the pitch, the whistle blew. It wasn’t a good spectacle in terms of that because there wasn’t a good flow to the game.

“We should have had a penalty in the first minute of the game - a blatant penalty on Billy Waters that he ends up getting booked for.

“Then we should have a penalty on Jack Senior. It’s really disappointing when you see those - and we’ve seen them back. They’re blatant penalties.

“For Billy Waters there was no need for him to fall because he was going to score. Jack Senior and James Maxwell combined brilliantly and he’s just run inside him.”

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