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Mowbray - We got the test we came for

14 July 2017

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Tony Mowbray was pleased with the application and endeavour that the players showed in Friday's match with Sparta Prague.

After a week of warm weather training out in Austria, the Rovers were given a good test by the Czech giants who edged the match in Salzburg 1-0 thanks to Marc Janko's second half strike.

The boss was delighted with the way his side performed and barring the result, felt they got everything they wanted out of the match.

Obviously we would have liked to have scored a goal, but generally it was a good workout for us.

Tony Mowbray

"I thought it was a really good exercise and we got out of it what we wanted," said Mowbray.

"I thought there were spells where we were really good, and I thought they were really good for 15 minutes at the start of the second half. They gave us lots of problems and scored their goal.

"But after that we had more chances to get a goal ourselves. Danny one-on-one with the goalie and Darragh had a free header in the six-yard box that he didn't get any power on.

"So I thought it was a good exercise, they worked really hard and it was good to play against a good football teams. It was what we came for, to test ourselves, and it was a good test.

"I thought we stood up to it well, I don't think there was a gulf there, apart from the start of the second half when they really pressed onto us. But I thought we recovered really well.

"On the fitness side they are further on than we are. It made a difference bringing the substitutes on, I thought there was more energy, I thought Willem and Corry did fantastically well.

"Obviously we would have liked to have scored a goal, but generally it was a good workout for us."

Rovers have one last day out in Austria before returning to England on Sunday, with their third pre-season friendly taking place at York City on Tuesday night.

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