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Time for fighting qualities

28 January 2015

Boss Gary Bowyer insists Rovers’ season is far from over.

However, the manager admits that his side must arrest their disappointing run of league results, which has seen Rovers slip 11 points off the play-off pace, starting with the visit of Fulham on Saturday.

Speaking after Tuesday’s disappointing defeat at Derby, Bowyer said he will be calling on his players to show some ‘real fight’ in order to get their Championship campaign back on track.

“There’s been more than harsh words said in that dressing room,” said the Rovers boss. 

“I know the characters of the boys and there will be a response, because there always is, but we have got to cut out these stupid individual mistakes, because they are costing us.

“We’ve got to regroup, work even harder on the training pitch and go again, even stronger. We’re going through a little bit of a run that’s not normal for us and it’s a new experience for us, but we’ve got to take strength from last season. We lost three on the trot and then went on an unbelievable run until the end of the season. 
“If you win three on the trot in this league then you’re right back in it. That’s the message that we’ve said to the players and we’re more than capable of doing it. 

“We’re not lying down and dying. We’re not just going to feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got an honest bunch of players and there will be a response on Saturday, I can guarantee that. We’ll certainly see who’s up for the fight and the ones who aren’t. 

“Over the last 18 months, we’ve prided ourselves on having players who really want to have a go and some on Tuesday night didn’t have enough of a go for the shirt. We need to show some real fight and produce a display and a performance against Fulham on Saturday.” 

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