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The first goal is crucial

28 August 2015

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Grant Hanley knows Rovers have to get out of the habit of conceding the first goal if they are to have a successful season.

The team have gone behind in each of their matches played so far this term, which is a huge source of frustration for the Rovers captain.

Rovers are back in action this Friday night when Bolton are the visitors to Ewood Park, with the defender stressing the importance of getting that opening goal.

"In every game this season we've gone behind early doors and it is not a good habit to get into," said Hanley.

"I'm sick of coming in at half-time 1-0 down so hopefully we can get the first goal on Friday and take it from there."

The Rovers defender doesn't believe the side have got the points their play has merited so far this season and is determined to put it right against the Trotters this evening.

"It has been a frustrating start because the performances have deserved better," added the Scottish international.

"We gave a sloppy goal away against Cardiff but we got back in the game, and with the amount of chances we had we could have won a couple of games.

"It was similar on Saturday. If we'd have taken our chances it would have been a different story.

"The lads have been playing well, but we just need to try and get our first win under our belt. It would relax everyone and it would be nice going into the international break.

"I don't think we're far away but when you've not won, everybody gets itchy feet, but hopefully we can get a win on Friday night."

Tickets for tonight's game against Bolton are on open sale until the 7.45pm kick-off. Priced from £22 for Adults, £14 Seniors, from £14 for 18-21 year-olds and from £9 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

Why not book online today at and collect your tickets from the Roverstore collection on the night of the game.

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