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A victory built on fantastic team spirit

"They want to come in and train on a Sunday rather than have a day off because there's a game on the Tuesday."

26 August 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray paid tribute to the incredible team spirit within the group, which he said proved pivotal in yesterday's impressive victory over Brentford.

The manager believes the bond between the players was forged last season in League One, when Rovers rallied after a slow start to secure automatic promotion back to the Championship.

Mowbray insists the players' professionalism and togetherness is something quite unique and it shows with the way they are prepared to fight for each other and grind out results on the pitch.

"I over talk about the spirit of this group, but it is something that was moulded and founded in League One," said the boss.

"If you go back to just over a year and a 3-1 defeat at home to Doncaster Rovers and 'you're not fit to wear the shirt' was coming from the terraces 

"I'm from a steel-making town and so I picture the molten iron going in and coming out solid.

"And this team has been built on that adversity I think. An understanding that we have to fight together, stick together, have a spirit about them that they're all mates, they all work hard. 

"I've never had a group that, little things like they are telling me that they want the sauces off the table in the canteen, they want to live right, eat right, drink right, sleep right. 

"Some days they'll say that they want to come in and train on a Sunday rather than have a day off because there's a game on the Tuesday.

"They are very, very professional, they are very, very hard working and they've got a great spirit.

"Why did we win today? We played against a technically better football team than us and yet you have to find a way to win and we did that and a huge percentage of that was the spirit of the team."

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