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Mowbray calls for attacking display

The boss wants his side to be "on the front foot" against Plymouth

16 October 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has called on his players to get back to winning ways with a positive performance against Plymouth.

The sides meet at Ewood Park on Tuesday evening for a 7:45pm kick-off, with the Blues eager to bounce back from Saturday's defeat to Oldham.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mowbray says despite Plymouth's position in the league, his players will have to be on form, and wants to see them start "on the front foot".

“We know it’s a big game for every team that plays us. They see the heightened expectations of the crowd and players," he told reporters.

“I’ve watched two or three games of the teams we’ve played before and didn’t see that intensity that I see against us.

“That’s to be expected, we have to live with that, and I told the players we have to be ready for every single game. 

“We have to be ready and mentally tough. We need to react to defeats and go on a run, as we have in the past.

“The mental part is probably more than half of the battle in this league, for me. We have to remain positive, keep believing and try to get on the front foot.

“I’ve always coached teams that are more aggressive and played higher up the pitch, but the personnel we’ve got at the moment dictates that we play a bit deeper.

“We’re trying to find a way to win matches. It’s a game we’re looking forward to, so let’s see if we can put things right."

Mowbray also commented on the competitive nature of League One, and believes a moment of individual magic could prove decisive.

“I think they’re all tough games in this league," he added. "Plymouth haven’t had the best start but if you look at their results, they’ve all been tight games.

“We’re expecting a really tough game again but have to get back to winning ways as quickly as we can.

“There aren’t many teams that are running away and scoring lots of goals. There aren’t many teams like Man City in League One that can score seven.

“Every team can fight, tackle and make it hard for you, though. We scored four against MK Dons but two of those were in the last few minutes.

“A bit of quality here and there can make the difference. Let’s see what Tuesday night brings."

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