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Tony thankful for the chance to recharge

A mainly free week has come at the perfect time for the boss

5 January 2018

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Tony Mowbray admits the end of the festive fixtures has come at a good time for his squad ahead of the FA Cup game against Hull City on Saturday.

The Christmas and New Year period has seen the squad pushed to the limit with constant games and also illness hindering members of the Rovers team.

But since New Year's Day at Rotherham, Rovers haven't played and that's allowed rest, recovery and preparation for the Tigers' visit to Ewood Park.

"Over Christmas and the New Year the games came thick and fast, the intensity was high before we dropped off slightly," Mowbray reflected.

"We asked them to push their body every game and that becomes almost impossible by the end of the schedule, you struggle to maintain that.

"Footballers are human beings. To play and maintain the levels with two games in three days at whatever level you play is always going to be hard.

"It's been a fantastic effort from the players to remain unbeaten over a hectic period. I have every confidence in the group to grind out results and gain victories, and big ones, too."

The boss couldn't hide his disappointment at conceding so late at the New York Stadium a few days ago but believes Rovers still have their destiny in their own hands in League One.

"Great credit to the teams above us, maintaining those levels," he added when looking at the league table.

"We know how difficult that it. Shrewsbury have maintained the standards and I think many expected Wigan to be up there. They have a good manager and good players.

"We have both of them to play at home. I doubt they'll be definining games because they will drop points along the way.

"One result will change things. There have been times this season where one result has put us in the top two. There's still a long way to go and we'll look to keep things ticking on."

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