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Tony staying grounded after Bury win

The boss gives his verdict as Rovers go top of the table

19 February 2018

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Rovers sit top of the League One table following Monday's 2-0 victory over Bury, but boss Tony Mowbray says it's important to stay focused on the task in hand.

Second-half strikes from Danny Graham and Adam Armstrong saw the Blues leapfrog both Wigan and Shrewsbury in the standings.

Speaking after the game, the boss says he's not getting carried away by the result, and is already looking ahead to the next game.

“We aren’t getting too excited," he told reporters. "We can all see that Wigan have three games in hand and generally win their games in this league.

"It’s important that we won tonight because that seven-point gap from Rotherham feels pretty comfortable.

"You never know, and you can always hit a bad run as Wigan have lately, but it’s about how you react.

"You need to keep your nerve sometimes and we’ve had to do that as well. The lads are very focused and know what’s expected.

"You could feel how disappointed our fans were at half time and the players were frustrated too but we got the job done.

"We know there’s a huge expectation at this club to win every game and you can’t always play champagne football, it’s about getting the job done and tonight we did."

Mowbray admits his side weren't at their best in front of the Sky Sports cameras, but was pleased to be able to mix things up after the break and ultimately get a result

“I think the most important thing is the points. We weren’t at our most fluid, Bury didn’t give us much room and made life really difficult at times," he added.

"We decided at half time to go a bit longer and push bodies forward, we did something similar against Oldham and ultimately got the job done.

"I was a bit frustrated we weren’t as fluid as we can be, but we got the win and a clean sheet - I’m delighted for the defenders and the goalkeeper.

"It’s another hurdle we’ve got over and we’ll keep going.

“Every team comes here with a game plan, whether that’s to press us or try to sit back and frustrate us.

"Eventually, we broke them down and pushed them back. We’ve developed a style of play where, once we’re on top, we pin teams in their own half.

“We done it both ways, starting with four at the back and switching to three and tonight it was another variation.

"It gives teams a different problem when they have a set way of playing against us, and it was good to give Antonsson half an hour.

"Dominic will be kicking his heels on the bench, so we have some good options but just have to keep going and keep winning matches."

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