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Consistency is the key

1 May 2015

Markus Olsson knows that a lack of consistency has proved to be their downfall in the league this season.

As was proved in the run to the FA Cup quarter-finals, on their day Rovers can be a match for any team, but the Swede admits it has been their inability to maintain that form that has proved costly.

Rovers bring their season to a close this Saturday lunchtime when Ipswich Town are the visitors to Ewood Park, with Olsson frustrated on how the campaign has panned out.

"We've lacked consistency as a team," admitted the defender. "We've shown as a team that we can play really good football, but it is the consistency.

"We could have claimed a couple more clean sheets but we've slipped too many times and picked up too many draws. If we could have turned them into wins right now we'd be talking about the play-offs.

"That is something that we have to work on harder. We know that we can score goals, Rudy and Jordan have both scored 20 each and normally when you have two strikers that does that you are in the play-offs."

Olsson admits the run of results over the Christmas and New Year period left them with too much to do in terms of closing the gap on the teams at the top of the table.

He added: "We had a really good period up until Christmas, I think it was Bolton away that was the turning point, we were on a really good run and went there, destroyed them in the first half and should have been leading 3-0, we didn't and lost the game.

"There was a period then where we lost a few games and drew when we should have won. That put us too far away from the teams in front of us, and although we got it back again we've been chasing too much."

For the Swede, the memory of the season will be the FA Cup run, and in particular the two games against Liverpool in the quarter-final.

"Those games were very special," added Olsson. "You could see that both Liverpool game meant a lot to the club and to the supporters.

"It was a full house at Ewood, it was a very good atmosphere and everyone enjoyed it as well.

"We put in a good performance in those games but to attract more people we have to be more consistent as a team to help us push up to the Premier League."

Tickets for the final game of the season against Ipswich Town will be on sale up until the 12.15pm kick-off on Saturday.

Prices are from £21 for Adults, from £13 for Seniors aged 65 and over, from £13 for Students, and from £8 for Juniors aged 16 and under.

Book online today at www.onerovers.co.uk and collect your tickets from the Roverstore collection point on the morning of the game.

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