Doncaster Rovers: Why Grant McCann blamed himself for Coventry defeat

Grant McCann admitted that he got his team selection wrong after Doncaster Rovers’ 2-1 defeat at Coventry City.

Sunday, 28th October 2018, 9:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st May 2019, 5:38 pm
Grant McCann

McCann took responsibility for what he described as a ‘chalk and cheese’ performance from his team at the Ricoh Arena.

Rovers were playing catch up after a lethargic first half display left them trailing to goals from Jordy Hiwula and Luke Thomas.

Joe Wright pulled one back midway through the second period and much-improved Rovers almost snatched a point at the death when John Marquis saw his shot cleared off the line.

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“We need to make sure the next game we play we get the team right,” said McCann.

“Today I didn’t pick the right team. That’s a fact. And that’s the reason why we didn’t play well in the first half.

“In the second half when we made the changes and we changed the shape a little bit we looked more of a threat.

“I take responsibility.”

Suspended duo Andy Butler and Niall Mason were replaced by Tom Anderson and Ali Crawford, with Matty Blair filling in at right back.

Rovers switched from 4-3-3 to a midfield diamond after the break.

McCann then made a double change just before the hour mark when Jermaine Anderson and Paul Taylor replaced Crawford and Mallik Wilks.

Taylor, whose last gasp equaliser rescued a point against Gillingham the previous weekend, again the caught the eye and is pushing for his first league start.

“We had to make two changes so it does disrupt you a little bit when you’ve got two of your normal back four suspended,” said McCann.

“But I thought the boys that came in [to the back four], Tom Anderson and Matty Blair, did everything that they could.

“Tom was very good at centre half and Matty was good, especially in the second half when we got him a bit higher and he got into some really dangerous areas for us.”