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A massive few weeks of football

31 March 2017

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Tony Mowbray is under no illusions of the task that lies ahead as they approach the last eight games of the season.

Returning after the March international break, Rovers still find themselves in the bottom three, something that frustrates the manager given the recent seven-match unbeaten run.

However he knows the reality of the situation and insists that each game between now and the end of the season will be a huge cup final.

"As a lover of football I look at recent history of the club and even though it is over 20 years ago, it feels pretty recent to me of winning the Premier League," said the head coach.

"So it is unthinkable really but reality is there in front of us. We have got eight games to make sure that we get enough points.

"So the preparation is going to be intense for every one of those games, yet they've shown me that they've got the resilience to stay in games.

"We have frustrated if anything in that whilst it is seven unbeaten it is five draws in that seven. Another two wins, maybe away at Norwich when we got ourselves 2-1 up, and maybe the Preston game recently. Those four points would have seen us sitting a lot prettier I think and not so much pressure on the next game and the next game.

"As they start to run down and you find yourself in the same predicament, you are going to find yourself with one or two games to try and save your season. So we have got to try and get points as quickly as we can, yet the difficulty of course is that Brighton away and Reading away are not easy football matches. Teams who are striving for automatic promotion and for play-offs.

"So they are tough games in front of us and I know it is a cliché but we have to approach them as if they are cup finals, as if they are one-off games.

"We have to go and make sure that Brighton on Saturday know that Blackburn Rovers are here and here to compete and try and win a football match."

Fans are reminded that with home areas now all sold out, there will be no sales on the day at Brighton, so advance purchase will be required.

Tickets will go off sale at Ewood Park this Friday at 3.30pm. They are priced at £30 for Adults, £22 for Seniors 65+ and Under-21s, £15 for Under-18s and £8 for Under-10s.

Buy in store at Ewood Park, or via our call centre on 01254 372000.

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