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We showed a never say die attitude

Tony pleased enough with comeback draw on home turf against Reading in entertaining 2-2 draw

22 August 2018

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Tony Mowbray was pleased with the attitude shown in adversity from his side following the 2-2 draw with Reading at Ewood Park on Wednesday night.

Missing key attacking pair Bradley Dack and Kasey Palmer through injury pre-match, Mowbray wasn't helped by Adam Armstrong and Dominic Samuel both being forced off with foot knocks during the game against the Royals.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson had given the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break but Rovers battled back to earn a hard fought point thanks to a couple of Charlie Mulgrew penalties to take a point from the clash.

“We started really well and could have been a couple of goals up in the first 10 to 15 minutes. We got a real sucker-punch after a mix up between [Darragh] Lenihan and the goalie [David Raya]," the boss reflected after the game.

“Their centre forward nicked a goal to knock the stuffing out of us. It was a shock to the system, they got a second goal and we had to regroup at half time.
“We tinkered with the shape and we showed our fighting spirit. We never gave in and never knew we were beat which inspired the crowd.
“We got the penalty and then another and we were unlucky not to win when [Joe] Nuttall headed over the bar. Together, between the team and supporters, we kept pushing hard and showed a never say die attitude.”
And the boss added special praise for substitute Joe Nuttall, who came off the bench just 48 hours after playing the full 90 minutes for the Under-23s against Chelsea on Monday evening.
“We felt things were going against us with the injuries pre-match and then when Armstrong went off. Dominic did well whilst he was on the pitch and then he hobbled off, we threw Joe on, who played on Monday night for the Under-23s. Great credit for him doing as well as he did.
“The way the game panned out with injuries and being 2-0 down, to draw 2-2 is a fantastic result from the group. Beforehand, would I have been disappointed with the draw? I’d have to say yes."
Don't forget, Rovers are back at Ewood on Saturday when Brentford come to East Lancashire in the Championship. You can back the lads by purchasing your tickets for the clash here.

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