Strug­gling Rovers urged to box clever

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL - Charl­ton Ath­letic:

MAN­AGER Grant McCann said his Don­caster Rovers’ play­ers needed to “get smart” af­ter de­fen­sive frail­ties saw them slip to a third straight de­feat.

First-half goals from Joe Aribo and Kar­lan Ahearne-Grant gave Lee Bowyer’s Charl­ton Ath­letic side all three points at the Val­ley leav­ing the Rovers’ boss frus­trated af­ter­wards as his team slipped to ninth in the stand­ings.

“We speak a lot about do­ing the ba­sics right, we have a good group of play­ers but we’re lack­ing a bit of clev­er­ness at times,” said McCann.

“It’s been a frus­trat­ing few weeks in terms of re­sults, but we win to­gether and we lose to­gether and that will al­ways stay the same.

“We were all de­lighted when we went on a good run, so now the key is to keep mo­ti­vat­ing each other to keep im­prov­ing.”

De­spite their slump in form, Rovers are just three points off the play-off places, with McCann keen for his play­ers to re­dis­cover the self-be­lief that had given them such a good start to the sea­son.

“We’ve seen all sea­son we have the be­lief that we’re ca­pa­ble of beat­ing any­one, we know we need to im­prove to stay at the right end of the ta­ble,” he added.

The hosts got ahead in the 18th minute when Tom An­der­son headed onto his own cross­bar from a corner and Aribo was quick­est to pounce on the loose ball from six yards out.

It got worse for the vis­i­tors 15 min­utes later when AhearneGrant’s firm header proved too strong for goal­keeper Marko Marosi.

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