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Our main objective is safety

23 February 2017

Tony Mowbray believes there is more than enough talent in the squad to see the team to Championship safety.

After being installed as the club's new head coach on Wednesday, he quickly got down to work by taking training at Brockhall and was impressed with what he saw.

The new boss would have preferred to have had a free week to work with the players, but with a busy fixture schedule starting with tomorrow night's match against Burton Albion, Mowbray knows that league safety is the immediate priority rather than instilling his own footballing philosophy on the squad.

"Our main objective is safety, lets not pull the wool over anybodies eyes," Mowbray told Rovers PlayerHD.

"We are in a pretty precarious position and yet I stood on the side today and watched training and I said to the group afterwards that there are some real talent there.

"It actually amazed me how technically good a lot of those footballers were today. It left me surprised with the league position.

"I want us to be the best team, I want the supporters to look at the team and go wow. But it is a fine balance because ultimately we have to win.

"It is no good being the best team on any given Saturday and losing the game 1-0. We have to find the balance but ultimately moving forward I want to give the team an identity, I want the supporters to come to Ewood Park and know that we are going to be good with the ball and know that we are going to create chances and know that if everything goes our way then we are going to win.

"I know it is easier said than done of course because I have to give the players the belief and the confidence to play the way we want to play. I can't do that in one day, I can't do that in two days.

"The games are coming so thick and fast, in an ideal world we'd have had a two week break and we'd have had ten days on the grass and getting across that philosophy of how we want to play and how strong mentally we have to be. I look at the situation at the moment and feel that we do have to be more resilient.

"So my message to the supporters isn't necessarily expect some great football in the first few weeks, we have to try and get some results, we have to be resilient, we have to stay in the game and keep it tight.

"Then as we can put the beliefs and the methods into practice on the training pitch, which is where the work has got to be done, then hopefully that identity will come through."

Fans are reminded that there are no sales at the Pirelli Stadium this Friday, so advanced purchase is required.

Tickets go off sale at Ewood at 2pm on Friday. With standing and seating available, prices are from £20 Adults, £18 Seniors, £15 17-22 year-olds and £7 for Under 17s.

Call the ticket office on 01254 372000 for further information.

Supporters travelling to the Pirelli Stadium by car from the south of Burton should note that there are long-term roadworks at the Branston Junction on the A38. Fans are advised to follow the northbound diversion route.

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