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Mowbray: One last push required

Tony's aiming to complete a perfect last ten days with another victory

27 November 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has urged his side to "give one big push" to ensure they end a ten-day period of four games, with maximum points by beating Blackpool on Tuesday evening.

Mowbray takes his side to the coast on the back of three very different wins, having bagged the points at Bury and Oxford, before securing victory against Bristol Rovers at the weekend.

And although he's wary of the threat Gary Bowyer's side have in their ranks, has plenty of belief that his players can end a hectic schedule with 12 points from a possible 12.

"We've been consistent away from home in the last six weeks or so," Mowbray admitted.

"If you don't run, fight, press and push on then you're in danger of losing games.

"It'll be another game against a well organised, hard working, honest team with flashes of speed and creativity. Viv Solomon-Otabor is on loan from Birmingham and has power and pace. 

"They have experience in Jay Spearing, Jimmy Ryan has plenty of talent and Kyle Vassell has shown what a menace he is at this level.

"I think it suits us playing away. There's not so much space at home because teams normally play with two blocks to stop you. We maybe need to find a bit more individuality when playing at Ewood Park.

"If we drop our standards then we'll be in trouble. We hope to make this spell a really great on in the last ten days.

"Let's make this one big push against Blackpool and finish this block of games with a really good feeling before heading into FA Cup action on Sunday."

The good news for Mowbray is that he has no new injury concerns ahead of the journey to Bloomfield Road.

Aside from long-term absentees Darragh Lenihan and Harry Chapman being side-lined, and Ben Gladwin and Craig Conway still a week or two away from possibly being involved, the squad is fit and healthy.

"There's nothing major to report injury-wise. There's a few knocks from the weekend, but I think it'll be the same squad. Craig Conway is back on the grass today but it's probably a bit too soon to throw him straight in.

"I'll have to say after the game if the games coming thick and fast is a good thing or not, depending on it being a tired performance or continuing the momentum with a really positive display."

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