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Charlie: Play the game, not the occasion

Mulgrew says the mouth-watering battle against Wigan should be treated as just another opportunity for three points

2 March 2018

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Club captain Charlie Mulgrew insists it's important that Rovers focus on the game ahead and not any potential implications from the result, when Wigan Athletic visit Ewood Park on Sunday.

Mulgrew's delighted with the side's current run of form, but says it's important Rovers keep their feet on the ground ahead of a huge final 11 games of the season.

Since his return from an ankle injury, the experienced skipper has led Rovers to four consecutive wins in the league and he's content with how things are going right now.

"We’ll play the game, not the occasion. You can see the finish line now. But we do need to go game by game. Each game is different. There are different ways of playing, different conditions, as you saw on Tuesday night at AFC Wimbledon," the 31-year-old said to iFollow Rovers on Friday morning.
“We went there and it was freezing, a small stadium and a difficult place to go, but we managed the game well. It wasn’t pretty but nobody remembers a pretty game on a Tuesday night at AFC Wimbledon." 

“We’ve picked up a good few results but we’re not going to get carried away with ourselves. We’re happy with the way things are going, but although it’s an old cliche, the next game is the biggest."

Wigan sit six points behind Rovers in third place in League One, albeit with four games in hand on Tony Mowbray's table-toppers.

And Mulgrew adds that a top-of-the-table clash is something he and the squad will relish ahead of Sunday's showdown.

“Wigan have a few games in hand and have been at the top of the league for a lot of the season, so we know they’ll probably be one of the harder games this season," the Scotland international said. "We’re at home, we’re really looking forward to the challenge ahead and it’s up to us to get the result.
“It would be a great victory if we could get it. They have a few games in hand, but you’d probably prefer the points on the board. It’s a huge game."

Can Rovers make it five wins on the spin when Wigan come to Ewood Park on Sunday for the mouthwatering top-of-the-table battle? Come and see for yourself! Ticket remain for the game and you can purchase yours by clicking here.

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