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We have to earn the right to win

12 August 2017

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Tony Mowbray knows that today's match against Doncaster Rovers will be far straight forward but insists his side will be giving all they've got to get their first league points of the season.

The manager believes that today's opponents will ask a different set of questions to Southend seven days ago, and hopes that on this occasion they are able to come up with the answers.

Mowbray knows expectations are high as Rovers play at Ewood for the first time this campaign, but has stressed they can't just expect to turn up and collect the victory.

"Our intention is to go and win every game, but as we found in the opening weekend it is not as easy as just turning up and playing," said Mowbray.

"You have to earn the right, you have to work really hard, you have to turn up and compete all over the pitch. You have to ask questions of the opposition, you have to be resilient against their attacks and this weekend will be no different.

"Doncaster have got a very experienced manager. A manager who plays different ways and is a very positive manager, he likes to play with the ball rather than being direct.

"So there'll be different questions from last weekend.

"But it is ultimately about us and how we impose ourselves on them. At home can we get on the front foot? Can we ask questions of them defensively? Lets see how the game goes."

The manager also has a message to the supporters who take to Ewood Park for the first time this season this afternoon.

He added: "Come along and enjoy the match, come along and support the team. Come along and be realistic really.

"There's a good few new additions, a new team that we are trying to gel together. We've got high aspirations ourselves.

"We hope to entertain and win football matches at home this year for the supporters and yet they have to be realistic that it's a tough league. Nobody gives you anything in football, you have to earn the right to play against these strong, physical, athletic players.

"Hopefully our quality will overcome in the end and if we match their physicality then we should win plenty of games.

"You have to earn the right to do that and nobody is going to make it easy for us."

Tickets for the first home game of the season are currently on sale priced from £20 for Adults, £13 Concessions, £7 Under-18s and Under-12s from £5. Book online now at and collect from the Roverstore collection point before kick-off.

Fans are reminded that there is a £2 matchday supplement for tickets sold after 12pm. 1875 Club members are expempt from this charge so why not sign up in store! 

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