Doncaster Rovers v Blackpool: McCann calls for patience as rivals show deep respect

Doncaster Rovers' manager Grant McCann.
Doncaster Rovers' manager Grant McCann.
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DONCASTER ROVERS’ manager Grant McCann believes patience will be key if opposition teams continue to defend in numbers at the Keepmoat Stadium this term.

Back-to-back goalless draws on home soil mean Rovers go into tonight’s Carabao Cup second round tie with Blackpool determined not only to progress, but also to get back among the goals.

“At times we will have to be patient because teams are showing us a bit of respect by dropping deep at the Keepmoat,” said McCann, who will be without the suspended Marko Marosi following his red card in the weekend stalemate with Portsmouth.

“We want to win the game because we are at home. We are focused on winning because it would be nice to get a decent draw. That is the carrot, drawing a big team home or away. Obviously, away would be good financially for the club.

“We want to go as far as we can, but we have to perform first against Blackpool.”

Rovers, who narrowly lost at Arsenal in last year’s third round, take on a Seasiders outfit still under the temporary charge of Terry McPhillips following Gary Bowyer’s exit in the first week of the season.

We are focused on winning because it would be nice to get a decent draw. That is the carrot, drawing a big team home or away. Obviously, away would be good financially for the club.

Grant McCann

“They have had a topsy turvy start with the manager leaving,” added McCann, who could start Peterborough loanee Jermaine Anderson. “But sometimes that galvanises you as a group.”

Last six games: Doncaster Rovers WWWLDD Blackpool DLWDWD.

Referee: A Backhouse (Cumbria).

Last time: Doncaster Rovers 3 Blackpool 3; August 19, 2017; League One.