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Positives but frustration

24 February 2017

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There was a touch of frustration for manager Tony Mowbray as Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw by Burton Albion on Friday night.

But the new boss felt there was plenty of positives to take from the performance in his first game in charge at the Pirelli Stadium.

A smart start from Rovers saw them deservedly go in front 1-0 up as Charlie Mulgrew's vicious corner deflected into the back of his own net by Matty Palmer.

However as much as Rovers dominated the first half, the Brewers improved after the break, Marvin Sordell firing the home side level on 54 minutes.

Both sides could have won the match in the closing stages, Lasse Vigen Christensen going the closest when he his late shot struck both posts.

"Frustration is the verdict," Mowbray told Rovers PlayerHD. "The team are very frustrated in there, very disappointed.

"But I've told them there are a lot of positives tonight, a lot of things to work on.

"You've got to put into context that we've had one training session and I thought they applied the principles that we are trying to put in really well, particularly in the first half.

"I think credit goes to Nigel for changing shape, they had to do something to change the flow of the football match and they did. 

"We've got some young players in the team in some pretty crucial positions and we didn't really adjust to their changes. But I thought in the last 20 minutes we were back in control and trying to win the game.

"We ultimately nearly lost it at the death of course, but there was plenty of positives, we were a team that was pushing forward, trying to win the football match.

"I don't know the balance of chances and shots but it felt to me as if we were pretty dominant most of the night."

Rovers are back in action next Tuesday night when Derby County are the visitors to Ewood Park.

Tickets for Tony Mowbray's first home game in charge are on open sale priced from £18 Adults, £12 Seniors/18-21 year-olds, and from £7 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

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