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Performances more important than results in pre-season

Tony talks pre-season intensity and discusses potential transfer dealings

17 July 2018

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Tony Mowbray says he's looking for greater intensity from his side, with pre-season now really kicking into gear.

Rovers face their third pre-season friendly of the summer - and first at Ewood Park - on Thursday night when Champions League runners-up Liverpool come to East Lancashire.
And after a win in Edinburgh against Hibernian and a draw in the Potteries against Port Vale last week, Mowbray wants to see progress from his side for when the Reds visit Ewood.
“Fitness is getting there and we’re trying to bring the distances down now and add a little bit more intensity," Tony began. "We have a few niggles but nothing serious so we’re doing okay.
“I’d have to say pre-season games - whilst I want the team to play well and get fit - nobody remembers the pre-season scores when we’re a couple of months into the season.
“I’m more wrapped up in trying to get some more personnel through the doors, working with the Head of Recruitment, Stuart [Harvey] and Veno [Mark Venus]. We have the players we have identified and want and are in negotiations with, but I’m also conscious that supporters want players through the door. It’s difficult.
“Premier League clubs have players on breaks due to their involvement in the World Cup which means they are taking their young players to these tours that they have gone on," the boss added. "Things are dragging on a little bit and we’ll have to be patient.
“Hopefully things will work out well for us and by the time the window shuts we look at the squad and feel we are in good shape. Things are okay so let’s keep things going.

Don't forget, Rovers are back in action on Thursday night at Ewood Park when Champions League runners-up Liverpool head to our home.

Tickets for Thursday's clash against Jurgen Klopp's side remain on sale and you can purchase yours by clicking here.

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