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Tony: A real opportunity for us

The boss is targeting maximum points from back-to-back home games against Northampton and Walsall

26 January 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has described upcoming home league games against Northampton and Walsall as a real opportunity for his side to apply pressure on league leaders Wigan.

The Blues face two matches at Ewood Park in the space of four days and can close the gap to two points on Saturday, with Wigan in cup action this weekend.

Speaking ahead of the visit of Northampton to East Lancashire, Mowbray says that his side is relishing the promotion battle at the top end of the table.

“I think the group are very focused," he said. "We’ve spoken about not looking back but looking forwards and that won’t change, we just have to keep pushing on.

“We have an opportunity to play an extra game in front of Wigan, who are playing in the cup, and in front of Shrewsbury, who don’t play on Tuesday.

“If we can get the points, it might just apply a bit of tension, a bit of pressure. Hopefully our results determine that we don’t have to look beyond them, really.

“We just have to keep moving forward.

“Chasing Wigan keeps the concentration of the players; we have something to shoot at so it’s important to maintain standards and not drop off the pace. 

“We’ve been playing catch-up all season really after the first few games and then the international break where we didn’t play.

“We’ve just about caught up now, and very soon we’ll all be on the same numbers of games, which will allow us a very clear look at the table."

Despite the desire to hunt down the leaders, the boss is keen for his players to focus on themselves, first and foremost.

“Hopefully we can look forward and not worry about other teams, and that will happen if we keep winning," he added.

“I think we just have to focus on ourselves, I don’t concern myself with the others too much.

"Other results genuinely don't matter to me, because I know that if we win, we have more points than them and they can’t catch us.

“The focus is on Northampton, we want to have a drive and a passion that hopefully proves too much for them.

"Jimmy Floyd is an experienced manager and he’ll have them set up well. We’ve got our form at home pretty strong now, but every game is different."

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