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Fans can play their part at Ewood, says Tony

"Ewood is a fantastic place to play when the team is functioning well"

15 December 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has urged the fans to play their part on Saturday when Charlton Athletic visit Ewood Park.

The boss admits that things have been difficult for Rovers at home at times and is desperate to transfer his side's away form to Ewood.

But he knows how tough things are for the hosts when opponents come to visit East Lancashire.

"When a team comes to Ewood, they do set up differently than they would if they were the home side," he said.

"We've been reaping the rewards away from home but finding it slightly more difficult at home.

"We aren't the only ones - Liverpool drew at home to West Brom, Manchester United struggled to a 1-0 win at home to Bournemouth in midweek.

"We have to go out to inspire the supporters and to get fans vocal by playing on the front foot. We want to try and make Ewood an enjoyable day out by scoring goals and winning games.

"I can think of about half-a-dozen games at Ewood when the fans have genuinely got us over the line - particularly last season - and we'll certainly need them with us this weekend."

And Mowbray knows the good times can roll at Ewood when his side does find a route through what a normally packed defences.

"The fans have a part to play, whether that be a game where we need to dig in or really show what we're about by scoring a few goals," he continued.

"MK Dons at home this season gave us a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium, especially when the third and fourth goals went in.

"Ewood is a fantastic place to play when the team is functioning well, we've all seen that over the years."

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