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Tony: Fighting spirit essential at Oxford

The boss confirms that Evans is back in, but Conway and Gladwin remain sidelined through injury

20 November 2017

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray knows just how difficult a test his side faces for the trip south to tackle Oxford on Tuesday night, with the U's sitting a place and two points behind his side in League One.

Both sides achieved big weekend wins away from home, with Rovers triumphant at Bury and Oxford big winners at Plymouth, and Mowbray wants a "fighting spirit and desire to win everything" from his side at the Kassam Stadium.

"You lose track of what day it is when you have Saturday and Tuesday games, they all roll into one. Sunday was a normal working day for us," the boss said ahead of the clash.

"On the back of a victory we need to enjoy the feeling of winning and hopefully we can take that good vibe into Oxford on Tuesday night and see if we can keep things rolling along.

"We're 16 games in and every week you play against highly motivated opposition with good players who are fit and tough. We always try to prepare well, but sometimes it doesn't go to plan.

"Oxford got a great win themselves at the weekend and we'll go there to play how we play, ask questions and try and get the right result.

"They'll see it as an opportunity at home and under the lights and we have to be ready for the challenge, have that fighting spirit and desire to win everything."

Rovers, who sit sixth at the moment, will be boosted by the return of midfielder Corry Evans, but Mowbray admits two other squad members remain out of action, meaning he could dip into the Under-23s team for bodies - something he's perfectly comfortable with.

"Corry is back available for us, and we've no new injuries from the weekend," the boss reported.

"Craig Conway has his boots on, but hasn't got involved with the group yet. Craig's potentially one or two weeks away - maximum.

"Ben Gladwin is a little bit behind Craig and will spend another week or so in the treatment room before getting back on the grass and then probably being another week away from being in contention.

"When young players travel down with the group and share a dressing room with the first players, it's a great experience for them.

"I'm confident that if needed I can rely on those youngsters if they're called upon without weakening the squad - the likes of Scott Wharton and Joe Nuttall show that."


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