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So many positives to take, says the boss

Tony Mowbray believes his side deserved more for their efforts in this afternoon's entertaining draw

4 August 2018

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Despite a late Ipswich equaliser, Rovers boss Tony Mowbray reflected on a really positive display from his side at Portman Road following the 2-2 draw in Suffolk.

It was a frustrating start and end to the game against the Tractor Boys, with the hosts scoring after five minutes through Gwion Edwards and then in the final minute thanks to substitute Tayo Edun's fluke.

But inbetween these times Rovers were excellent, and battled back from their early disappointment thanks to goals from Danny Graham and then Bradley Dack.

And despite ruing his team's luck at his old club, the boss felt his side deserved more for their efforts in the blistering heat.

“Over 90 minutes I think it was a performance that deserved the three points," the boss told iFollow Rovers just moments after the game.

"We weren’t at our best but we were solid - as you have to be away from home.

“I can’t remember them threatening our goal too much and they scored from one of the diagonal balls, especially after working on that in the lead up to the goals.
 
“We showed that desire and work rate and there was no shortage of quality either, particularly in our second goal.
 
“It was great for Bradley to score and Danny to get off the mark so early on. For forwards, it’s important they score early into a season, but we’re just left frustrated with them scoring from a cross at the end off the post.
 
“I don’t think that they deserved it, but we have to accept it, congratulate them and move on to the next game."
 
A number of individuals could have picked up the Man of the Match award for what was a brilliant team performance, and Mowbray's now urging his players to take that into next week's home clash against Millwall at Ewood Park.
 
“There were so many positives to take - probably too may to mention. I thought (Darragh) Lenihan was a man mountain and a fantastic footballer, (Charlie) Mulgrew won his headers and did his job.
 
“Corry Evans was amazing today and (Elliott) Bennett; what can I say? I say it every week - he’s a running machine and the heart and soul of the team.
 
“Today would have taken a lot out of the boys emotionally. But there were some great performances, so let’s have a good week of training, stay positive and look forward to the next game."
 

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