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Tony: Disappointment but we're still in the box seat

The boss feels there are still reasons to be cheerful despite late Bristol Rovers draw

14 April 2018

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Tony Mowbray says Rovers have to look at the bigger picture, despite admitting that disappointment was the overriding feeling after a draw at Bristol Rovers.

Chris Lines' late volley earned a share of the spoils for the Gas in the final minute of the game after Charlie Mulgrew's penalty had handed Rovers the lead in the second half.

And speaking afterwards, a downbeat Mowbray says his side should remain positive, with Peterborough United coming to Ewood Park on Thursday the next game on the horizon.

“It’s obviously disappointing to lose a goal in the 95th minute but that’s football," the boss reflected to iFollow Rovers. "We have to accept it but we’re still in the box seat and still have one defeat in 31 games. 

“We’ve had a tough week with the travelling we’ve done. It’s hard to go to Gillingham and then spend five hours on a coach to Bristol. We need to move on.
 
“They are a decent, hardworking side but we had chances - a free header at the back stick and a few breakaways late on. 
 
“The nature of their goal, we should be seeing that off every day. We thought we had three points in the bag but credit to Bristol Rovers who kept going."
 
And looking ahead, Mowbray insists there remains plenty of belief and confidence in the camp despite the frustrating result in the West Country.
 
“It’s disappointing but we have a resilient group who have worked extremely hard," he added. "I thought we were fantastic and kept digging in. I feel for them not getting the three points.
 
“But I maintain we are still in the box seat. We deserved more today but when you are aiming for promotion you are going to have ups and downs and have disappointments along the way.
 

Rovers are next in action on Thursday 19th April when Peterborough United visit Ewood Park. You can purchase tickets for the clash against the Posh by clicking here.


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