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Another positive display required

Tony looking for his side to bounce back against Bowyer's Blackpool this weekend after draw against Wigan

9 March 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is insisting another positive performance against Blackpool is required, as his side look to get the double over the Tangerines.

One of the best displays of the season from Mowbray's men came at Bloomfield Road at the end of November, with goals from Bradley Dack, Marcus Antonsson, Charlie Mulgrew and Paul Downing sealing a 4-2 win for the club.

In fact, Rovers have won their last two meetings against Blackpool and come into the game on the back of four wins and two draws in their last six games.

But Gary Bowyer's side have shown they are capable of beating sides towards the top of the table and Mowbray is wary of their threats after they beat Wigan in recent weeks.

“We’re focused on the next game and have to tick them off as we go along," Tony said. "We’ve been doing that for a while and all I know is that the next game is Blackpool at home and we have to prepare for it and be ready.

“We’ll approach it as we do every game, with total focus. I’m expecting a tough game and I’m sure that’s what we’ll get, but we’ll be ready for whatever comes and look to impose ourselves on the game.

“There are positives to take from last weekend, and we have to take that drive, energy and belief into Saturday."

And with the current Rovers boss coming against a former one on Saturday, Mowbray says the home fans - and himself - know what to expect against Bowyer's outfit.

The visitors have picked up in recent weeks and come into the game undefeated in their last five outings.

“Blackpool have been potent and well set up, defensively organised," Mowbray added. "That’ll come as no surprise because our supporters know all about how Gary sets teams up.
“They have Kyle Vassell and [Viv-Solomon] Otabor. They are threats and we felt that threat in the away game. We were positive against them back then and we have to be like that again. We need Blackpool to feel our power.
“It’s a game we look forward to and an opportunity to get three points and put the pressure on the chasing pack.
“Gary is a good guy, a football man. I like Gary, he’s done a remarkable job at Blackpool. I like his team, he has good balance, pace and goalscorers in his squad. It’ll be another tough test. We need to impose ourselves and hopefully they feel our quality at the weekend."

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