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Tony pleased with second half response

"In the second half, we were much better and got the job done in the end"

28 August 2018

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There were some harsh words at half time which led to a much improved second half performance from Rovers, with Tony Mowbray getting the reaction that he desired in the win against Lincoln City on Tuesday night.

An early Joe Nuttall goal put Rovers in the driving seat just five minuted into the encounter before Joan Luque equalised.

Mowbray wasn't best pleased with what he saw as the sides went in level at the break, but some home truths were told before goals from Danny Graham, Paul Downing and substitute Kasey Palmer safely saw Rovers through to round three of the Carabao Cup.

And reflecting afterwards, Mowbray was pleased to see an improvement in his team in the second 45 minutes.

"The second half was better than the first against a team who ask questions of you and put the ball in the box. You have to defend and have to be strong," he said afterwards.

"We couldn't make it a 50/50 game and we got on top of that in the second half. We retained the ball much better, scored some good goals and I'm certainly a lot happier than I was at half time.

"We probably made it harder work than we should have done after a great start. The last 30 minutes of the first half we defended too deep, ball retention wasn't good enough and were bullied a little bit," 

So what did the boss say at half time? 

"Things I said in the dressing room at half time are best kept in the dressing room. I wasn't very happy at the break and neither were the players," he continued to iFollow Rovers.

"It's great that the players can react - they had to. No disrespect to Lincoln City, but they are a League Two team and we simply have to be better than them.

"You can still lose of course but we had to be better than we were. I couldn't tell who was the Championship team and who was the League Two team in the first half.

"In the second half, we were much better and got the job done in the end. We're through to the next round which is the most important thing."


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