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Tony: Our spirit shone through

The boss was disappointed with the result but pleased with his players' attitude in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Oldham

10 February 2018

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Tony Mowbray felt it was two points dropped as Rovers drew with Oldham on Saturday, but hailed the spirit of his side to come back from behind at Ewood Park.

The Blues recovered from 2-0 down at half-time to salvage a draw and gain a point on Wigan and Shrewsbury, who both suffered defeats.

Speaking after the game, Mowbray felt it was a missed opportunity, but was delighted with his side's never-say-die attitude.

“It’s definitely two points dropped. Let’s give credit to Oldham for how they performed in the first half, they played without fear and on the front foot," he told reporters.

“It’s disappointing, because we worked on the fact that you can’t let them put crosses in, so that’s a big frustration for us.

"We know they’ve got some good players and it’s a bit of a mystery that they are where they are in the league, they have some talented players.

“In the second half, you could see the quality that we have, we pushed them back and it’s just frustrating that we couldn’t get the win at the end."

Mowbray says he was always expecting a tough test against the Latics, but says it's now time to look forward as there's "a long way to go".

“You have to respect the opposition. The came here with 2000 travelling fans and this is Ewood Park, it’s not like some of the other grounds you go to in this league," he added.

"I said to the lads before the game that this will be Oldham’s most highly-motivated game of the season, their adrenaline levels will have been at the maximum today and they gave the best they’ve got.

"We had to match that and unfortunately we didn’t in the first half. We fell into a few traps which we tried to plan for, but the spirit and quality came out in the second half.

"We’re disappointed, especially after seeing the results of Wigan and Shrewsbury, it’s more painful for us.

"But, it’s a point gained and another game down – we’ve got a long way to go and if we’re good enough we’ll finish first or second."

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