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Match minutes the most important - Mowbray

Rovers boss disappointed by first-half display as Stanley secure narrow 1-0 win

28 July 2018

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Tony Mowbray was pleased to get more minutes into his players' legs, but was disappointed by his side's performance, as Rovers rounded off pre-season with a 1-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley.

Billy Kee scored the game's only goal, converting Kayden Jackson's cross on 11 minutes, on an afternoon of crazy weather conditions at the Wham Stadium.

Mowbray was frustrated by Rovers' flat first-half display, but after some harsh words at the break, saw signs of encouragement in the second half.

Jacob Davenport twice went close to an equaliser, heading over from close range and seeing another effort tipped round the post, whilst Lewis Hardcastle squandered a golden opportunity right at the death.

Overall, Mowbray was satisfied with the workout, as attentions now turn to next Saturday's season opener away to Ipswich Town.

"It's just a case of making sure that everybody is ready," said the Rovers boss after the game.

"The plan was to try and give everybody 90 minutes on Thursday and then give the rest of the squad 90 minutes today.

"That didn't quite happen, because at 1-0 down we tried to change a few legs in the last 10 minutes, but everybody got the majority of the game.

"It was okay. I wasn't very happy with them at half-time. When you come into this environment, you have to know what's coming and you have to match that and I'm not sure if we did in the first 20 minutes.

"I think we conceded seven corners in the first 15 minutes, so that tells me that we weren't really mentally ready for the match.

"The second half I thought was much more like it and much more like us. I'm not sure how we didn't score a goal, but there you go.

"The job was done regarding minutes on the pitch for everybody through pre-season and now we have to start on Monday to prepare for the season."

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