Doncaster Rovers can emulate Hull City and record-breaking Stockport County, says Grant McCann

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Grant McCann believes Doncaster Rovers can emulate his Hull City side and record-breaking Stockport County with a long unbeaten run.

League Two leaders Stockport broke two club records when they registered their tenth straight league win and an eleventh in all competitions on Saturday.

McCann’s Hull team went 14 games unbeaten, which included 11 wins, on their way to the League One title in the 2020/21 season.

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Doncaster’s recent form is not quite as strong but six wins from their last ten league games puts them sixth in the division’s form table across that period.

Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann.Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann.
Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann.

On Stockport’s run, McCann said: “It can happen, we want to try and do something like that ourselves.

"I remember the run we went on at Hull that won us the league.”

McCann feels Rovers have improved “steadily” after what he admitted was a poor start to the season.

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They took eight games to secure their first win and currently sit six points outside of the play-offs.

Joe Ironside celebrates his penalty with Tom Nixon.Joe Ironside celebrates his penalty with Tom Nixon.
Joe Ironside celebrates his penalty with Tom Nixon.

McCann, whose side host Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup first round this weekend, said: “This group is capable of it.

"We just need to get stronger, we need people to stay fit and we need to have those impacts off the bench like we saw against Grimsby.”

Doncaster weren’t at their best against the Mariners but still secured all three points thanks to Joe Ironside’s second-half penalty.

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McCann said: “If I go back ten or 11 games maybe we lose that game, or draw it.

"We are starting to see a more ruthless streak about us. There’s games where we lose, but we respond quickly.

"I’m hoping we can build on that.”

Meanwhile, Doncaster Rovers Under-18s fell to a late defeat at home to AFC Fylde in the FA Youth Cup first round on Monday evening.

Rovers included Will Flint and Sam Straughan-Brown, who both recently signed professional contracts with the club, in their starting XI at the Eco-Power Stadium.

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The youngsters have been involved with the first team in recent months and have both made their senior debuts this season.

But they couldn't help Rovers find a breakthrough prior to Fylde's 93rd-minute winner.