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We have to stop playing catch-up

30 December 2016

Owen Coyle knows that it is vitally important that Rovers start matches strongly to give them a chance of collecting the points required to move them up the table.

Rovers have repeatedly found themselves on the back foot after falling behind first in each of their last five matches. And after losing four of them the manager insists they have to be stronger mentally.

Rovers are next in action away at Huddersfield on New Years Even and the boss knows more hard work on the training ground is the answer to turning the corner.

"There have been games where we have started reasonably well but we've found ourselves conceding the first goal and that leads you to playing catch-up," said Coyle.

"We are giving ourselves too much to do every game in terms of chasing games all the time, so there is a valuable lesson to be learned.

"So we have to make sure that we are the team that gets the first goal so that we are the team that are in ascendency. 

"As a group of players they've got to understand the mentality of being in front because performance-wise the performances haven't been bad, but when all is said and done, whether they are good, bad or indifferent, if you don't pick up the points then that leaves you wide open to criticism.

"So ultimately that means getting back on the training ground and working hard to stop those individual mistakes and making sure that whoever it is understands how to do that differently. That is the key.

"This league changes very quickly and we are the only ones that can affect that on the field and that is what we have to do. We have to make sure we are ready to change that and turn those steady performances into points, and when you turn them into points you start moving to where you want to be."

Rovers fans who haven't yet bought their tickets for Saturday's match against Huddersfield Town can do so on the day at the John Smith's Stadium.

Tickets will go off sale at Ewood this Friday 30th December at 2.30pm, and after that they'll be available from the away turnstiles - cash only.

Matchday prices are unchanged at £20 for Adults, £15 for Seniors aged 60 and over, and £5 for Juniors under 18.

For further information call the ticket office on 01254 372000.

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