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Boss wants to see a more ruthless Rovers

17 April 2015

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Gary Bowyer knows Rovers have to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch if they are to claim all three points against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

The Rovers boss was disappointed to only pick up a point on their travels at Birmingham on Tuesday night and will look to put that right on home soil this weekend.

Bowyer admits Rovers weren't at their best in the previous two home league games, something that they will need to be against Forest at Ewood.

The manager said: "We've always tried to make Ewood Park a very difficult place to come. Teams always know that they are going to be in for a game.

"But recently in the Brentford and Brighton games we've not been ruthless enough.

"The support that we have had has been very very good and we want to try and finish now as strong as we possibly can, especially at home in front of our own supporters.

"We've four games left to finish as strong as we possibly can and use it as preparation for next season.

"The players are fully aware of where myself and the staff stand in terms of what is expected of them on Saturday and the rest of the season.

"I don't buy into that this is an end of season game, I can't buy into it. There is so much to offer, there is so much on show."

On one occasion where Rovers did show their ruthless side was when they took on Nottingham Forest at the City ground back in October.

Rovers trailed 1-0 at half-time but an impressive second half display of football saw the Lancashire club triumph 3-1 thanks to goals from Alex Baptiste, Rudy Gestede and Jordan Rhodes.

"That was the one time we were really impressive," added the manager. "A goal down playing a different formation.

"We changed it, got back into the game and were really impressive, we were ruthless at that time and we need to be like that again on Saturday.

"It will be a tough game, they've got some firepower up top. He's brought a lot of pace in recently with the loan signings Akpom and Barrow, so we are going to have to be ready for that and match that physically.

"It just shows you the size of the challenge of this league that we are talking about two clubs like ours that are 9th and 10th at the moment and some real big clubs underneath us still."

Tickets for Saturday's match against Nottingham Forest are on open sale from just £21 for Adults, £13 for Seniors and Students and from just £8 for Juniors aged 16 and under.

Book online today at and collect from the Roverstore collection point on the day of the game.

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