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Tony: How we'll approach cup clash

The boss says he'd love to progress in the Emirates FA Cup, but insists the league must take priority

3 January 2018

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Tony Mowbray says he'll pick a competitive side when Rovers take on Hull in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, but insists promotion is the main aim this season.

The Blues will be looking to progress to the fourth round with a win at Ewood Park, ahead of an important league meeting with Shrewsbury on January 13th. 

Asked whether the cup clash has come at a good time, Mowbray said: “Yeah, maybe so.

"It just takes a bit of the intensity away and allows us to take a breather. We won’t get overly-concerned about the result at the end of the day. 

"Obviously, we’d like to win and progress in the cup, but we know what our main aim has to be this year and we’ll focus on that.

"We'll pick a team that can hopefully be very competitive, but I think they’re all big games and the main focus has to be Shrewsbury the following week."

Rovers sit third in League One and haven't suffered a defeat in any competition since the start of October. 

“We have to see if we can keep going and see if we can stay unbeaten until the end of the season," the boss added.

“If we win a lot of those games, we won’t be far away. We’re averaging about two points per game which is what we’ve always aimed for.

“If you get into the mid-90s, you’ve got a good chance of finishing in the top two, so we’ll keep plugging along.

“Draws are going to come and we’ll take them on the chin and move on.

“The majority of our points have to come at home, and we have to win our home games if we’re going to be successful.”

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