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Tony: It was a difficult night for us

The boss admits his side didn't do enough to beat a hardworking Gillingham side in Kent

10 April 2018

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Tony Mowbray admitted it was a tricky night for Rovers following a 0-0 stalemate against Gillingham on Tuesday evening.

In a game of few chances, Rovers struggled to break down a resolute Gills backline, but David Raya was also rarely tested on a chilly night in Kent.
 
And speaking afterwards, Tony admitted his side didn't do enough to claim all three points.
 
“It was a difficult night for us in that we didn’t quite get the fluency that we usually play with," he confessed. "Defensively they had three big centre halves who kept heading it out and booting it clear.
 
“I never felt we were threatened the other end. Bradley had a quiet night coming back home to a place where we signed him from."
 
Bradley Dack had a quiet evening on his return to Priestfield and Mowbray explained that returning to old territory can often be troublesome for players, with Bradley being replaced on the hour mark.
 
“Sometimes when you go back to your old club you lose a bit of focus and can’t play as free. I think when Bradley isn’t playing then it takes something away from our team.
 
“He can create a bit of magic, stick it through someone’s legs, create and score. That didn’t happen tonight. We changed him because we have another game on Saturday.
 
“It’s similar with Danny [Graham]. He struggles sometimes playing three games a week and has had a sore back recently.
 
“We made the changes and it didn’t quite work for us. We’ll take the positives and put the point in the bag. There’s no excuses. We weren’t fluent enough, but it would have been nice to nick a 1-0."

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