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Mowbray's message for the top two

The boss says his players are relishing the race for automatic promotion

27 December 2017

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says his players are relishing the battle for an automatic promotion place, ahead of some vital upcoming fixtures in League One.

Rovers beat Rochdale to gain ground on Wigan and Shrewsbury following a goalless draw between the sides on Tuesday, with both of the top two yet to visit Ewood Park in 2017-18.

Mowbray says Rovers are looking forward to testing the pace-setters, and is looking forward to another challenge against fourth-placed Scunthorpe this weekend.

“Our result against Rochdale puts us back to where we were before Saturday," he told reporters.

"We just have to keep chasing them [the top two] down. They both have to come here, and those games will be an opportunity for us. 

“They will be difficult days; hats off to Shrewsbury and Wigan, it doesn’t look like they’re going to go away. We’ll have an opportunity to test them soon.

“Scunthorpe had a great win today. They’re all tests, but I’m not sure how long it’s been since we actually lost a football match.

“We’re showing that we’re up for the challenge. Whoever we’re up against, we’ll face them head on.

“I’m sure we’ll be firing on all cylinders at the weekend, we’ll prepare properly as always and be ready for it.”

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