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It should be a good test

28 July 2017

Tony Mowbray is anticipating another good test for his side when Rovers bring their pre-season match programme to a close at Carlisle United this Friday night.

After games against Barrow, Sparta Prague, York City, Morecambe and Grimsby Town, the Rovers boss will use tonight's final friendly to give more game-time to his first team squad with the aim of getting as many players 90 minutes.

Mowbray believes the League Two side, who missed out on promotion via the play-offs last season, will be excellent preparation ahead of the big season kick-off against Southend United in just over a week's time.

The season is just around the corner now so we've just got to keep the intensity going and the work going on the training pitch and see where we go.

Tony Mowbray

"Carlisle are a good football team and on a big open expansive football pitch it will be a test for us," said the manager.

"It should be a good test I think before going to Southend so we'll see if we can get a few more 90 minutes under our belts.

"I gave them a day off on Wednesday, worked hard on Thursday, go to Carlisle and then give them the weekend off and then it's a fresh week in to the season, a full week of preparation going in to Southend.

"We will continue to build up their fitness, work on the patterns of play, and see how it goes.

"It's about preaching good habits every day to them so that everyone knows their jobs, when we make the substitutions the players know their roles in the team and keep reinforcing it.

"The season is just around the corner now so we've just got to keep the intensity going and the work going on the training pitch and see where we go.

"It is what we are all looking for, what we are all working and building towards."

New signing Dominic Samuel should get more minutes under his belt after his half hour against Grimsby on Tuesday night, whilst Corry Evans and Darragh Lenihan could return after knocks forced them to miss the match. Craig Conway misses out with a hamstring strain.

Tickets for Friday's match at Carlisle are currently on sale. Details on pricing and availability can be found here.


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