Doncaster Rovers Boss Praises Key Quality During Wrexham Win

Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann praised his side’s defensive performance during their 1-0 League Two victory over promotion chasers Wrexham.

Donny recorded a fifth consecutive League Two win against third-placed Wrexham at the Eco-Power Stadium on Monday. Owen Bailey headered in the winner just before half time as Rovers faced late pressure from their Welsh opponents before closing out the victory.

McCann’s side have the best points return over the last five matches of any team in League Two, which has helped the Yorkshire outfit to consolidate a comfortable mid-table position. Donny also have an outside chance of making a late push for the play-offs as they currently sit seven points off seventh-placed Crawley.

Defensive solidity has also been a common theme in Doncaster’s recent winning streak. During their last five matches, Donny have conceded one goal and kept three clean sheets in a row against Forest Green, Crawley and Wrexham.

Despite facing 15 shots against, including six in the final 25 minutes as recorded by Whoscored, Doncaster held firm and closed out another three points in League Two. McCann was particularly impressed with his side’s defensive qualities in the win last time out and praised his side’s resilience when speaking to Doncaster’s official site post-match.

“I thought we were good as a team defensively. You know they’re always going to have a bit of spell and that came when they were really pushing in the last ten or 15 minutes.

“They kept getting bigger and bigger with the subs that were coming in and balls were coming from 30 or 40 yards in our box.”

In addition, the 43-year-old coach outlined his pleasure at his side’s overall performance and shared his pride in Donny’s ability to deal with the Red Dragons’ strong attacking ability.

“Immensely proud, I felt it was another good performance from us. We knew Wrexham are very good on transition so we had to be good on the ball. They sit in that mid block and when they win it back they break quickly.

“It was a really good performance from us and I’m really proud of the boys.”

Writer’s View

Another strong Doncaster performance showcases how the team is growing as a unit late in the season. Donny’s ability to close out matches has been particularly impressive, as they have held their advantage to win 16 times this season, according to Transfermarkt. 

Building from the back is generally a strong blueprint for success, and McCann clearly believes in his team’s ability to defend resolutely. If Rovers can continue to notch points in the same manner for the final six League Two matches this season, there is no reason to rule them out as potential play-off contenders.


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