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Boss: We need big characters

Tony Mowbray has called on his players to stand up and be counted against Portsmouth on Tuesday

12 February 2018

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Tony Mowbray is expecting a tough test when Rovers travel to Portsmouth on Tuesday evening, and believes the match will be a test of character.

The Blues go into the midweek clash on the back of a 2-2 draw against Oldham last weekend, and will be looking to keep up the pressure on the top two with victory at Fratton Park.

Speaking ahead of the game, Mowbray says his players can expect Pompey to provide a good challenge, and their fans an intimidating atmosphere.

"A trip to Portsmouth is tough for anyone. They live it every week, they often have a long way to travel and it does impact on your week," the boss told iFollow.

"It's good that our game against Bury is now on the following Monday, because the team won't be returning home until 3 or 4 in the morning.

"Let's just keep going. Portsmouth will be a tough game, the trip is tough and so is the fixture.

"It's a footballing city and the fans will be right on top of the pitch, so you always need big characters to get a result at Portsmouth."

Although fixtures are coming thick and fast, Mowbray says he can't look too far ahead when considering his team selection.

"You have to deal with the game in front of you," he added. "If you win a game, no-one questions the selection but if you lose, they do. That's part of my job.

"I'll pick the team which I think can go to Portsmouth, give them problems and hopefully get three points. Then, we'll prepare for Bury.

"We've all got a common goal, which is to get this club out of this division. If we succeed, we'll do it together."

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