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Doncaster Rovers: Grant McCann has warning for players ahead of Bradford City clash

Grant McCann
Grant McCann

Grant McCann is seeking to keep feet on the ground after Doncaster Rovers’ impressive start to the season.  

Rovers delivered what McCann termed ‘a statement win’ with their 4-1 triumph over previously unbeaten Walsall.

But he insists his side have achieved nothing just yet and should be mindful of that fact.

“Everyone has got to keep their feet on the ground and we’ve got people who are like that anyway,” he told the Free Press.

“I’ve learned this all through my career and definitely from my spell at Peterborough.

“No disrespect to [Peterborough director of football] Barry Fry and the chairman, they’re brilliant people. But when they win a game the chairman has got the beer out and Barry is on the Baileys.

“When you got up and see them after you’ve lost, the chairman has got a Coke and Barry has got a coffee.

“I’ve learned little things like that to keep level win, lose or draw.

“We’ve got a long way to go and as a young manager you learn things like that.”

When asked he if believes his players will be easy to keep grounded, he said: “100 per cent.

“The squad are brilliant.

“I was lucky enough to walk into a changing room where probably 75 per cent of them have tasted promotion already.

“They’ve got that experience and know how it works.”

Rovers go on the hunt for a third consecutive win when they host Bradford City on Saturday.

The Bantams have lost six of their opening eight fixtures in League One but McCann insists it will be a tough task for his side.

“We’ve got some tricky games coming up where people on the outside are looking and probably thinking those are wins for Doncaster,” he said.

“That is where you’ve got to stay focused and treat the game like any other.”

“It's a difficult game, if you look at Bradford.

“We will have to be at our best.”

Bradford boss David Hopkin is two games into his tenure after replacing Michael Collins who was sacked at the start of the month.

McCann believes the treatment of Collins – who was only promoted from U18s coach in the summer – was poor but says he has already seen the impact of Hopkin.

“I thought it was a disgrace the manager left so early after they had entrusted him with the job,” McCann said. “That is modern day owners for you. that's another story.

“But the new manager has come in. He's going to want to stamp his authority on it. He's had two games and seeing those games, they've played well.

“They're probably been unlucky to have not taken more points from those games.

“They've got good attacking players in the front three. David Ball who I know from Peterborough, Jack Payne is a very good player and Eoin Doyle, who scored a lot of goals in League One last year.

“They're no mugs.”