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McCann: We could have scored a lot more

2 January 2024

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McCann: We could have scored a lot more

2 January 2024

Grant McCann felt Rovers’ victory over MK Dons should have been even more comfortable than it was.

Rovers triumphed 3-0 with goals from Luke Molyneux, Joe Ironside and Tommy Rowe coming in a dominant first half at the Eco-Power Stadium.

McCann was delighted to see his side build on their impressive performance at Mansfield Town three days earlier.

“I thought we were very good in the first half - played some good football, had some good chances and probably should have been six up, never mind 3-0 at half time,” McCann said.

“I was pleased to go in 3-0 up. I think we took our performance against Mansfield on Friday into this one and the first half won us the game.

“Maybe in the second half a bit fatigue set in because it was a big shift on a very heavy pitch at Mansfield. We looked a little bit leggy which is why we tried to freshen it up with some of the young players coming off the bench.

“I don’t know how young we were when the game finished but we had a lot of teenagers on the pitch at the end, which is really pleasing.

“Overall I’m delighted with the boys - how they played in the first half, how we got the press right to nick it off them and hurt them. We probably should have scored more but I’m pleased with the three points.”

McCann has switched to a back four for the last two games but refused to put too much emphasis on the impact of the system change.

“It’s how you play the system,” he said. “It’s putting people in places where they’re comfortable and they can handle the ball and take the ball. It was pleasing to see the movements, the runs and how quickly we went forward on transition, passed forward quickly and won the ball back. We created numerous opportunities, particularly in the first half.

“Something we have to get better at is there was a change of shape for MK Dons in the second half and we didn’t get to grips with that. Although they didn’t really threaten us barring a couple of shots Louis had to say, they did have a lot of the ball.

“We probably just need to switch onto that quicker and respond to it better on the pitch.”

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