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McCann: We simply must score the sort of chances we had against Newport

14 January 2024


McCann: We simply must score the sort of chances we had against Newport

14 January 2024

Grant McCann insisted Rovers simply should have taken some of the chances they created in the frustrating defeat to Newport County.

While disappointed with the manner of the visitors’ winning goal in added time, McCann was most frustrated with the lack of a clinical edge in attacking play as Rovers fell to a 1-0 defeat despite enjoying the better of the game for long periods.

“I thought the performance was good,” McCann said. “Newport are a tough team to play against with three big centre halves who don’t mess around with the ball too much and it just goes forward.

“I think they started quite bright but probably from ten minutes in we were in control of it. We created some really good chances and we should score - it’s as simple as that.

“I’ve spoken before about errors we make for goals we concede but we should be two or three up. They are chances that we just can’t miss.

“I said that to the players. I said this is a disappointing day for us because with the performance they can keep their heads held high but we need to take the chances to make it a really good performance and a good win and we didn’t do that.

“They’ve got good players and a really good front two that can score goals. Will Evans is one of the top scorers in the division so you’ve always got to be wary.

“It’s just lapses in vital moments - but that is at both ends of the pitch. You’ve got to take your chances.

“We had numerous chances against Harrogate last week to go 2-1 up, 3-1 up. We don’t take them and then we concede.

“We’ve got to take the positives out of the performance. The performance was good. The three debuts on the pitch all did really well and you can see they’re going to help us and Conor [Carty] came on right at the end for us as well.

“It could have very easily been a different day for us with the chances that we had and opportunities we should score. I’m not going to say on a different day because we simply should score them.”

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