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Mowbray: Momentum is key

The boss admits that the promotion is the priority, but says victory on Saturday could prove important

3 November 2017

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray believes victory over Barnet could provide some much-needed momentum to take into our promotion push.

Rovers welcome the League Two side to Ewood Park on Saturday in the FA Cup first round, looking to get back to winning ways after the midweek draw against Fleetwood.

Asked about the game during his pre-match press conference, the boss admits that focus is on the league but says he's targeting a win at the weekend.

“We’re happy to be at home and not playing a team in our league," he said.

“But this is just another game for us and we have to try to get a positive result. We want to improve as we get deeper into the season.

“It’s a big game for Barnet, coming to Ewood, so they’ll be highly motivated and we have to make sure we match that.

“We’ll apply ourselves as we do in all the other games but know it will be difficult.

“I think momentum is important for any club; if you win games it creates a mentality within the group.

“Our group are fully aware of the expectations this year. Sometimes team selection can affect performance levels, and I’m hoping it doesn’t on Saturday.

“We’ll pick a team that we believe can win this match and hope that we do."

“Our priority has to be the league, it will always be the league and getting out of this division. 

“We don’t want to jeopardise anything in the cup competitions and, yet, we want to win every game and we’ll be trying to win on Saturday."

Mowbray has fond memories of the competition as both a player and a manager, and is expecting Barnet to be up for the challenge.

“I recall all of the FA Cups I watched as a boy and have lots of memories of the competition. 

“As a manager, I’ve got to the semi-finals at Wembley and lost to Portsmouth who went on to win the cup. 

“Above all of that is the aspiration of the club to get back to the Championship at the first opportunity if we can and we’re feeling that every week.

“This is a different competition but our aim is to improve as a club and as a team as we go on. 

“My job is to make sure the team turns up on the day and doesn’t get overwhelmed by a team that is full of adrenaline."

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