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Boss: Our fans can be the difference

Boss urges Rovers supporters to play their part on Sunday, with fifth consecutive win in our sights

2 March 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is adamant the home faithful can be the difference makers for his team in the top of the table clash against Wigan at Ewood Park on Sunday.

Mowbray's men have a good record when coming up against the sides towards the top of the table, and haven't lost in any of the seven games so far this season against the top five in League One.

It's also just one defeat for his side in the last 24 league games, whilst Rovers haven't lost at Ewood Park in the league since September.

That's enough reason to be confident ahead of the 1st vs 3rd encounter on home turf, and Mowbray wants his fans to be loud and proud against the Latics, just like they did a month or so ago when Shrewsbury visited.

“It’s a big game, but so was Shrewsbury at home," Mowbray said to iFollow Rovers. "I think you could feel from the supporters that there was an excitement in the stands rather than anxiety, the fans got right behind the team and the lads performed.

"We’re aware that Sunday’s game is a big one and I’m sure the supporters are aware too, but the message is that we should be enjoying it. We’ve won four on the bounce now and should go into it with a lot of confidence; we’re just looking at it as the next challenge and the next opportunity for points.

"I think the opposition in this game are different from a lot of teams, but we’re at home and we’re full of confidence. The supporters know about the positivity required from the stands and hopefully we can give them a positive performance and result."

Two sell-out away followings in the last two trips to Walsall and Wimbledon have assisted Rovers in cementing top spot and Mowbray's eager for the support - at home this time - to their part against Paul Cook's outfit.

“We’ve felt it at home a lot, the fans have been engaged with the team and can see that the players are giving everything. The supporters want to see the lads give everything they’ve got and that’s what they’re getting," he added. "I fully expect us to be looking forward to the day and I hope the supporters are looking forward to it to – hopefully it will be a positive one.

“For us, it’s just about getting the points, we’ll just try to keep ticking them off. We can almost see the finish line and we can count down the games, so Sunday isn’t about denting Wigan, it’s about three points. If we can get up to 90 points and beyond, it will take a lot for other teams to get around that number, so we’re trying to accumulate points and make it tough for other teams.

"You do that by being consistent, and consistency comes from hard work – the team are buying into that and we’re getting results."

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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