McCann says focus key for Doncaster play-off push

Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann has told his team to embrace the moment when they face Coventry at home this Saturday.

McCann also said the victory would be, “stage one,” on their journey to promotion to the Championship.

In a bullish mood, McCann said: “The belief has grown in the group, individually and collectively, From the staff right through to the players we started to believe that we can go for promotion and that hasn’t wavered, ever.”

“We win the game we’re in the top six. But we only do that if we perform. The boys today were smiling, they were bubbly they were bright and they had a real determination to get things done.” He added.

Rovers play eighth placed Coventry at 5pm on Saturday and will make the last playoff place if they match Peterborough’s result against Burton.

Peterborough moved within a point of Doncaster with a shock 3-2 away win over Portsmouth on Tuesday. A result which saw fellow South Yorkshire side Barnsley gain automatic promotion.

Meanwhile veteran full-back Tommy Rowe said the team will aim to play the same way to have all season in order to get the result they need.

“We’ve got to be aggressive and forget everything else. We’ve played all season with that aggression to go and win every game and there’s no reason to change it now”, he said.

“If we’re defeated by anything it’ll be us not sticking to the game plan.”

Doncaster enter the game not having won since 13 April when they beat Plymouth Argyle 2-0.

Since then they have suffered consecutive losses to Sunderland and Accrington Stanley and drew their last game at home to Oxford United.

McCann has three previous play-off victories during his playing career, and said he feels the same way about the games as he did when he was playing.

“I don’t feel any different as a manager. I know what we have to do. I feel quite calm, my wife asked me ‘you ok?’ I said I feel great. It’s what you’re in football for. I haven’t stopped smiling all week.”

Doncaster have a clean bill of health for their final game of the season.