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We looked a more solid unit

12 September 2016

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Owen Coyle felt the change in formation paid dividends in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

Rovers played with a 4-1-4-1 formation in the match at Loftus Road, restricting the hosts to very few goalmouth opportunities.

But the manager also felt that with the likes of Craig Conway and Sam Gallagher on the flanks, and Ben Marshall and Hope Akpan in advanced midfield positions supporting striker Danny Graham, it also gave them more options in the final third.

"A lot of my teams have played that way over the years," said the Rovers boss.

"I've got to look at the personnel we've got and think what is the best way to utilise the qualities that we have and the players that we have within that.

"I think from conceding sloppy goals from unforced errors at the start of the season, we had to get more tight, more solidified, and I think we did that.

"We restricted them to one or two chances, but when called upon Jason Steele made some very good saves.

"But that way of setting up also gives us that platform to go and play. If you are prepared to pass the ball and be brave in possession then it will result in having chances.

"And when we get in the wide areas, we've Craig Conway who is a terrific crosser of the ball, and Sam Gallagher played off the left to come and join because we felt he would be a threat for us and it turned out lovely because he scored a wonderful goal and he was a threat all afternoon."

Rovers are back in action this tomorrow night when they take on Leeds United at Elland Road.

Tickets will be on sale at Ewood until 2pm on Tuesday, priced at Adults £35, Seniors 60+ £24, 16-22 years £24, Under 16’s £16, Under 11’s £8.

After that tickets will be on sale from Elland Road, cash only from the away ticket office adjacent to the away turnstiles. But supporters should note there is a £5 increase on matchdays on all tickets except Under-16s and Under-11s.

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