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McCann Previews Bristol Rovers Clash

5 March 2021

The Tigers will go on the hunt for a third successive win when relegation battlers Bristol Rovers visit the KCOM Stadium tomorrow.

The Pirates are sitting precariously in 20th, a point above the dotted line, and recently appointed Joey Barton to lead their survival bid.

The 38-year-old has faced Hull City twice already this season in his previous managerial role at Fleetwood Town, winning one and losing the other.

And Tigers chief Grant McCann expects Barton’s new side to adopt a similar approach to his old one.

“The way Joey’s team at Fleetwood played was high energy,” said McCann.

“They’re in your face, they get the ball down, they move it, they try and play in between you.

“They almost show a wee bit of what the manager was about when he played. That’s what we expect.

“He’s taken three games now. He’s finding his feet, getting to know his players. I’ve seen this now a couple of times when I’ve moved to Doncaster and Hull, it takes a bit of time to get to know people and understand what they’re about.

“We’ve seen them beat a good Shrewsbury team at home – who are on a good run. They should have probably gone to a form team in Burton and won.

“It’s going to be a tough fixture. New manager, probably instilled different beliefs and philosophies into them.

“We’ve got to make sure we focus on what we’re about. We can’t control what Bristol Rovers are going to do, whether they change their shape or play this player or that player.

“We’ve got to make sure we get our own team right and we approach the game nice and calm and composed and try to get another three points.”


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