Doncaster Rovers: Grant McCann expected final day shootout for play-offs and insists Rovers are ready for it

Grant McCann said he always felt the race for the League One play-offs might come down to the final day.

Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 12:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 17:22 pm
Grant McCann with assistant boss Cliff Byrne

And he is relishing the prospect of Doncaster Rovers securing sixth spot without the need from assistance elsewhere.

Rovers will reach the play-offs if they match or better Peterborough United's result against Burton Albion on Saturday when Coventry City come to the Keepmoat.

Peterborough took the race down to the final day by moving within a point of Rovers with victory at Portsmouth in their game in hand on Tuesday night.

McCann insists he fully expected for Rovers to be required to get a result this weekend.

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"I had a feeling it was always going to be," he said.

"We haven't relied on anyone all season really. We've just focused on ourselves.

"My words to the players last week after Oxford were you're going to have to win the last game. No one was taking anything for granted.

"This is what this league is all about. If you don't turn up, you lose. If you do then you can win against anyone, which was the case on Tuesday night.

"It's in our hands. We've just got to make sure we get the job done on Saturday."

The Rovers boss says his side will enter Saturday evening's game with plenty of confidence.

And he says his players should be proud of the position in which they find themselves at this stage of the campaign.

"It's a credit to the group that if we win on Saturday we're in the play-offs," he said.

"That's the mentality we've shown and we want to keep that.

"We just really want to focus on us. You can send yourself mad thinking about other things.

"I think we've just got to make sure we do our job on Saturday against a Coventry team that has been on a decent run and are dangerous.”

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