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Mowbray's clean sheet conundrum...

Tony eager to ensure shut outs again, starting at Fratton Park on Tuesday night

12 February 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray wants his side to start ensuring shut outs are the base for victories for the remainder of the season.

And the boss admits he's wary of the recent lack of clean sheets, insisting his side need to stop making silly mistakes and handing "soft goals" to opponents.
 
“The thing that’s smashing me in the face is the lack of clean sheets, you win games with them," the boss said honestly to iFollow Rovers.
 
“We went through a spell of winning games with clean sheets. Teams push on and you can get a couple more goals. We have to get back to that.
 
“Why we weren’t getting them was down to set pieces at one stage. We went through a period of conceding from corners for a run of games but we’ve since addressed that.
 
“We’ve only conceding something like three corners in the last five games, which is credit to the team, but we have lost some really soft goals against us through individual lapses.
 
“They need to get cut out. The competition is getting more intense to get in the team and players know that if they make mistakes then they will be out of the team and other people will get their opportunity.
 
“There have been real poor individual errors. The defenders are exposed at times because of the way we play. But when one-on-one, the defenders have to deal with it.
 
“It’s been frustrating to fall short in that area in recent weeks. Clean sheets is always a good starting point for winning games."
 
And although he'd love to keep shut outs, Mowbray insists the end goal is the three points and feels the attacking side of Rovers can also improve by scoring more goals.
 
“We have to go and try to win football matches. If you don’t win, people will criticise the lack of clean sheets. We want to be positive, score two and three goals and if we let one in then so be it," he added.
 
“We’ve got a formula that’s worked really well for us. We’ve had two defeats in our last 20 games."

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