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It'd be great to head into Christmas with a win

16 December 2016

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Owen Coyle hopes Rovers can give the supporters some early Christmas cheer by delivering a win over Reading on Saturday.

Rovers come up against the Royals in their last home game of 2016 looking to get back to winning ways after tasting defeat on two occasions this week.

The midweek loss to Brighton saw Rovers slip back into the bottom three, so the manager knows how important it is that they claim another three points to move in the right direction up the table.

"In the build-up to Christmas it would be great to win sign off with a win," said Coyle. "It is always the aim to try and win your home games and prior to the other night we had been doing very well.

"So it is an opportunity now to look to bounce back quickly and go and look to win a tough game against Reading.

"They have done well but to be fair they have invested in their team. It isn't rocket science to understand that if you bring good players to your club then you are going to improve your team and that is what Reading have done.

"They are a very good technical team who like to pass and move, so we've got to make sure that we are ready for that and when we get the chance to do our stuff we'll look to be really attack-minded, really offensive and look to get at them.

"When we play Reading we'll have played the teams that are sitting 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the league in four of our last five games. With the other one being a local derby at Preston where we certainly felt we should have something out of the game.

"Saturday is an opportunity to go and get a valuable three points, and those points could see us catapult amongst four or five teams, but first and foremost you've got to earn the right to go and win those points against a very good team, a team that has been playing very well.

"So it is going to be a tough game but it is one that we are looking forward to and if we get our players at their maximum then we certainly feel that we can get the points from the game."

Supporters can see Saturday's match against Reading at the pre-Christmas price in all areas of just £10 for Adults, £5 for Seniors aged 65 and over, £5 for 18-21 year-olds and a fantastic £2 for those fans aged 17 and under.

Book online today at, buy in store at the Roverstore, Ewood Park, or over the phone on 01254 372000.

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