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Tony: It's time for belief

The boss delivers a clear message ahead of the final nine games

23 March 2018

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"We have to always stay positive and keep believing."

That's the message from Rovers manager Tony Mowbray ahead of the crucial League One run-in, which starts with next Thursday's game against Bradford.

Shrewsbury's draw at Northampton in midweek means automatic promotion is in our hands, but the boss is expecting more twists and turns between now and May.

“We need the fans to do what they’ve been doing all year and that’s supporting the team superbly," he told us.

“There will probably be some days that don’t go our way but we have to always stay positive and keep believing. 

“This team can rebound, as we’ve shown following the defeat at Plymouth. Days like that come as a bit of a shock after a long unbeaten run.

“We managed to go again after that, we have five wins and a draw from the last six, so I hope the supporters remain positive and can see the end goal. 

“We want to finish right at the top of the tree – it looks like a three-horse race for two places and we have to have the belief that we can get there. 

“We’ll only do that by winning football matches."

Mowbray has always looked at the campaign on a game-by-game basis, and says the next game remains the most important thing for him and his players.

“It’s difficult to look too far ahead," he added. "We have to be patient because long-term planning isn’t easy.

“We’re looking at recruitment already and planning as well as we can, that’s all you can do at this stage. Hopefully it will be a Championship campaign next season. 

“We can’t take our eye off the ball, the most important thing always has to be the next game.”

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