Doncaster boss: We deserved Portsmouth draw

Grant McCann felt his side were good value for a point at Pompey.

By Jordan Cross
Sunday, 3rd February 2019, 10:03 am
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 10:07 pm
Doncaster boss Grant McCann
Doncaster boss Grant McCann

Doncaster grafted to 1-1 draw at Fratton Park after taking a first-half lead through Mallik Wilks against Kenny Jackett’s side.

McCann believes his side came on strong after a slow start, and then contained the Blues well when they levelled through Omar Bogle after the restart.

He told ‘I thought we probably deserved to come in at half time even though they probably had more possession than us and we probably started the game a bit slowly.

Doncaster boss Grant McCann

‘Once we got Matty Blair and Herbie Kane on the front foot we got a grip on the game for the last 15 minutes of the half.

‘Second half, I knew they’d come on strong. They made a change and went two up front.

‘When we conceded, I thought we were excellent, I thought we controlled the game, our three was outweighing their two and it forced Kenny Jackett to take a forward off. From there the game petered out.

‘Their keeper has made a couple of excellent saves from Marquis and May, one going for the top corner and the other from the bottom.

‘On the balance of the play I think it was a fair result.’

McCann felt he made positive changes after the break as he sent on Alfie May, Tommy Rowe and Ali Crawford in search of a result.

The former Northern Ireland international thought that was a success as praised Wilks’ goal.

He added: ‘We were positive, we were positive with our changes.

‘We wanted to try to get a bit of pace and legs into the team for the reason for the changes we made last week.

‘I thought it worked to a certain degree. We probably didn’t have the control we’ve had in other games with James Coppinger or Kieran Sadlier, a clever player like that.

‘The plan was to try to get people in behind their back four and it was perfect when Mallik got the goal.

‘I thought it was a perfect goal, something we’ve worked on with Mallik. It’s about breaking quickly on transition and getting in behind them. It was a great finish from Mallik.’