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Mowbray: The lads are excited to get the season started

Tony talks Championship experience and how he's learnt about the squad over the last year

1 August 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says the squad are aiming high this coming campaign and admits everyone is "excited" to get the season underway.

The team will be hoping to begin life back in the Championship with a victory in the season opener at Ipswich Town on Saturday afternoon.
It's a place the boss knows well from his playing and coaching days and he's hoping his side, who have plenty of Championship experience in the ranks, can put in a good display and start the season off right.
“We have huge targets and are a proud group," Tony said when looking ahead to the season. "We’re going into the uncertainty of the league for some, but it’s not uncertain or new to the (Elliott) Bennetts, the (Charlie) Mulgrews, the (Danny) Grahams, the (Peter) Whittinghams and Corry Evans, who have all played Championship football for large parts of their careers.
“It’s new for Bradley (Dack) for instance and a different challenge, but I look at the group and feel we will be competitive and teams will have to play smart football to beat us.
“Training’s indicated that we’re excited, the intensity has too. I feel enthusiasm. There’s no moaning or grumbling, everybody’s right on the ball.
"We’re trying to work on marginal gains, small little bits to improve everything to put more demands on the players and boost the professionalism in every area."
A year ago saw Tony's new look team suffer defeat at Southend United in our first League One game of 2017-18, but fast-forward to this term and the boss admits he's learnt a lot about his squad since that trip to Essex in August 2017.
“I know the character of the team now, how hard you can drive them, how hard you can push them, compared to this time last year," he added.
"The demands, the expectation levels, the lads demand that of themselves and it’s a team that know each other so well."

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