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We have to give everything we've got

18 August 2017

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Tony Mowbray knows that hard work is what is required if they are to collect their first league points of the season this Saturday at Bradford.

Rovers are yet to get off the mark in League One having lost their opening two league games.

As the team prepare to travel to Bradford, the manager insists that they have to match the opposition's work-rate to give them any chance of getting favourable results.

"We have to find more of a competitive edge," said Mowbray.

"I think there has been a feeling of we've got some good players here we can just turn up and win games. You can't ever do that at any level of football.

"You have to compete and apply your talent basically, and moving forward, while I can't guarantee that we are going to win every game, I can guarantee that we are going to give everything that we've got in every game physically to get the results.

"I've tried to stress from day one that in League One you have to compete with the opposition first and foremost and hopefully the talent on show for us will help us win the game.

"But I felt we as if haven't quite got that balance right, at times in the first two league matches we felt as if we were going to go and play the other team off the pitch and get a result and that never happens.

"Teams at this level they work extremely hard, they put 100% into every game, and we have to make sure that we match that and more. We should be looking to put down markers in games, and physically never be found wanting.

"I never want to look back and break down the game and think did the opposition ever want it more or work harder than us on any given day this season.

"So moving forward hopefully we can find the right balance that gets us the results."

Tickets for Saturday's match at Bradford go off sale at Ewood this Friday at 3pm. Buy in advance to avoid the matchday price rise. Full ticketing information can be found here.

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