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Tony aiming to start the season off right

The boss heads back to his old stomping ground on Saturday for the season opener at Portman Road

2 August 2018

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The season opener at Ipswich Town is now only two days away, and boss Tony Mowbray is aiming to start 2018-19 as 2017-18 finished for Rovers - with a win.

We saw off last season with a home win agains Oxford United, and Mowbray wants those competitive wins to continue at Ipswich Town on Saturday.
 
The boss has plenty of connections to Ipswich, being a former player and coach there, appearing almost 150 times for the Tractor Boys.
 
He was in Suffolk with his trusted lieutenant Mark Venus - another to have totalled more than 150 games for our opponents - who is the current Rovers assistant manager.
 
We of course had a season-long battle with manager Paul Hurst last term during his time at Shrewsbury Town in League One, and Hurst has joined Mowbray in the Championship this season after being appointed the new boss of Ipswich earlier this summer.
 
"We’re all looking forward to the season starting now. It’s a long, long trip, away from home on the opening day, but it’s a good game and an interesting game with Ipswich having a new coach in there as well," Mowbray said to iFollow Rovers.
 
“We know all about Paul. He did an amazing job at Shrewsbury Town last season and I’m sure he’ll have Ipswich working as hard as his Shrewsbury team did.
 
“Paul knows what he wants from his team. I watched the game against West Ham last weekend and they have a lot of talent. They have players we know like Ellis Harrison who was at Bristol Rovers and scored against us at Ewood. 
 
“Gwion Edwards played so well against us in the first half at Ewood for Peterborough in the televised game and he’s now at Ipswich, so they do have players who have given us problems in the past, but they have experienced players as well.
 
“The sun will be shining and the crowd will be good at Portman Road. I think they had around 15,000 for the game against West Ham. They’ll be running, working, chasing and organised but we’ll be looking to get the job done and get the points."
 
So there are going to be familiar names for Mowbray to contend with on Saturday afternoon, and he reckons it will be a tightly contested clash against his old side.
 
“We’re expecting a very tough game but I’m sure they know they’ll be in for a tough game from us as well. We’re looking forward to seeing what the weekend brings," he added.
 
“On the opening weekend you see some odd results as the adrenaline is always at a maximum. I can see a tight game so let’s hope we come out on top on the day."

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