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Boss: Saturday will be a great occasion

Tony Mowbray is looking forward to what will be "a day of celebration" at Ewood this weekend

3 May 2018

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Tony Mowbray says he and his Rovers players can't wait for the final game of season, with Oxford the visitors to Ewood Park this weekend.

Over 25,000 fans are expected to pack the stadium on Saturday, as the Blues mark promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the boss says he's looking forward to a day of celebration together with the supporters.

"I think it’s important that we’re at home and that we've achieved our aim of promotion," he told iFollow.

"I want everyone to enjoy the day. Hopefully this entices a few people to come back next season to Ewood. 

"I haven’t seen those kind of numbers while I’ve been here, it's fantastic. I played at a full Ewood Park as a player, but I haven’t seen the top tiers open as a manager.

"Hopefully we can score a few goals for our fans, it should be a celebration and we want to win.

"I hope we can finish on 96 points which would be a great total. Credit to the players and credit to the supporters who have stuck by us.

"Let’s make Saturday a celebration of our success this season."

And while the focus is firmly on this weekend's game, Tony admits he's already got preparations for next season in his mind.

"The fans recognise that the lads are giving everything and next year I think we’ll be able to beat anyone on our day," he added.

"As long as they’re playing for the shirt I’m happy and that’s what we’ll be hoping for next season. 

"The smiles are back on the fans’s faces, we’ve had some great days of excitement and enjoyment this season.

"With the emotion of football, hopefully the fans have enjoyed this season and we want to give them more of those days next season.

"After Saturday, my focus will be on next season. I’ve already had agents in my office talking about potential signings.

"There’s a lot to do, it’s a busy time for me but we need to focus on Saturday for now. 

"The lads would love to finish with a win and they’ll be giving everything to make sure that happens."

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