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Our fans didn't let us down

19 August 2017

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Tony Mowbray paid tribute to the supporters who cheered their side on to victory over Bradford City.

Some 2000 Rovers fans made the journey across the Pennines, and their commitment to the cause was rewarded with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Bantams courtesy of Dominic Samuel's second half header.

The boss felt that the support his side received played it's part in helping Rovers collect their first points of the season, to get their league campaign up and running.

"The dressing room was tingling before the game because they knew that this was a game that they had to go and perform in," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers.

"I'd told them about Bradford, I knew it was going to be a great atmosphere, and our fans didn't let us down again, they travelled in fantastic numbers.

"They seemed to have party all day, they made a huge noise and encouragement for the team.

"In a week where it has been difficult after a home defeat and a really poor performance, it was really uplifting for the players to feel the support of the people who care about the club.

"As I've said before we are all just taking care of the club, just passing through, and they are there for life the fans. So they are allowed to be disappointed when we don't find a result.

"But the players left nothing in their legs, they gave everything, and found the energy and drive to show the supporters how much they care."

Following the final whistle Mowbray gathered the squad together on the pitch before sending them over to thank the fans for their backing.

"I told the players that it is important that we try and make a connection with our supporters," he added.

"Never mind a tough year last year getting relegated, or a tough two opening weeks of the season, they've had a tough time for the last seven or eight years.

"I just want to them to feel that we all - the management, the staff, the players - care about the football club and we want it to turn and start moving in the right direction."

Rovers are back in action this Wednesday night when Burnley are the visitors to Ewood Park in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Tickets are on restricted sale, full details can be found here.

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