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Looking to get a positive result

17 August 2016

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With a run of home matches following this evening's trip to Cardiff City, boss Owen Coyle knows it is vital that Rovers start to pick up points sooner rather than later.

Following tonight's match at the Cardiff City Stadium, Rovers then have three games in a week at Ewood. With league encounters against Burton Albion and Fulham, either side of an EFL Cup 2nd round tie with Crewe Alexandra.

The manager knows that any away game in the Championship is tough, and that they'll have to be at their best against the Bluebirds, but tonight's match offers the opportunity for Rovers to kick-start their season.

"We go to Cardiff looking to get a positive result and then we have a run of home games and further chances to pick up points," said Coyle.

"All midweek games, particularly when you are going away from home, can be tough. Cardiff is obviously a little out of the way to get there, but it is what it is. We just have to make sure that we are ready for each and every game.

"Whether it be home or away we've got to make sure that we are certainly doing better than we did in the first two games of the season, and if we do that then we'll pick up the points we need to start moving up the league.

"So the focus is to make sure that we are ready for Cardiff to give our very best there and then to kick on from there."

The Rovers boss insists if the team are to have any joy against the Welsh side, then they have to perform much better than they did at the weekend.

Coyle added: "There's no getting away that against Wigan we didn't perform anywhere near close to what we can.

"There was a spell at the start of the second half that looked more like us in terms what we are trying to achieve moving forward.

"So what we've got to do is understand what it took to perform at that level and try and make that sustainable over the course of a whole game. And if we do that, whether it is home or away, then I'm sure we can pick up points."

Fans who haven't yet got their tickets for tonight's match can buy on the night at the Cardiff City Stadium, from the away ticket office at Gate 12.

However supporters should note that there is a £2 price increase for sales on the day, meaning matchday prices are £24 Adults, £20 Seniors, £15 16-21yrs and £12 for Juniors aged 15 and under.

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