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Tony targeting round two

"We're aiming to progress," says the boss ahead of our Carabao Cup clash at Carlisle

13 August 2018

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says he'll field a strong side against Carlisle in Tuesday's Carabao Cup clash, with a view to getting through to the second round.

The Blues travel to Cumbria looking to build on a positive second-half showing in Saturday's goalless draw against Millwall, which made it two points from two games in the league.

Speaking ahead of our midweek cup clash, Mowbray says victory will be the aim against League Two opposition.

“We want to give a good account of ourselves. We’ll have an eye on the weekend and getting three points [against Hull], but let’s see," he told iFollow.

“There will be a few changes; it’s important that we give players an opportunity and see how well they do.

"Let’s hope they push themselves to the forefront for my next selection.

“Just about everyone got 90 minutes in pre-season and we’ve continued to train hard since.

"The lads are still improving their fitness and game-time is important, so hopefully a few get another 90 minutes at Carlisle.

"It will be a team that I feel can get a positive result."

Competition for places is high in the Rovers camp, and the boss believes Tuesday's match could be a chance for some players to stake a claim.

“No selection is easy for any manager, we’ve all got more than 11 players. When you’ve got a group that’s this hard working and focused, it’s difficult for me," he added.

"It’s down to the players at the end of the day, to get into the team or stay in the team. We’ll keep rolling with it and keep watching them in matches and in training. 

“As a Championship club, you should be looking to progress, particularly against teams from lower leagues.

"With total respect to Carlisle, who will be very focused and tough to beat, we have to make sure we try to get through and we’ll be disappointed if we don’t.

"There are no points at stake, but we’re aiming to progress. Let’s go into this competition with confidence and look for a positive performance."

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