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New boss Lovell has steadied the ship

Tony Mowbray is expecting a tough battle against Gillingham on Tuesday night

9 April 2018

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“We have to go and play our game and try to impose our style on them." That's the message from Rovers boss Tony Mowbray ahead of Tuesday's trip to Gillingham.

Rovers have won each of their last four games, with the latest of the two both being tight victories against MK Dons and at home to Southend.

But Gillingham are without a win in four, which includes three defeats in that time. Most would expect a comprehensive Rovers win, but Mowbray insists his side will have to be wary of the Kent outfit.

“The new manager, Steve Lovell, came in and he really calmed the boat there I think," Mowbray said when looking ahead to the trip to Priestfield Stadium.

“They went on a fantastic run. I think a couple of months ago he might have won Manager of the Month, because they had done so well and won so many consecutive games.

“Of late, he’s just stabilised it I think. He’s put them into a position where they’re pretty much safe now. It’s not for me to tell them how many points they want to get. I think they’ve got around 50 points at the moment, which is generally enough. 

“We have to go and play our game and try to impose our style on them," he added. "Like we have been at every away ground, play on the front foot and ask questions of the opposition and see whether they can handle it.

“But we know that they will be difficult opposition, we know that they will carry threats themselves, they’ve changed formation in recent weeks – they’ve been playing a back four and then they’ve played a back three – so we’ll have to see what they’ll play against us.

“Let’s just look forward to the challenge and face it head on.” 

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