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We'll give it our all, says Richie

Smallwood says Rovers are desperate to respond to Saturday's defeat

28 November 2018

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Richie Smallwood says Rovers are "ready to bounce back" following Saturday's defeat to Preston, insisting the players will give everything to get a positive result.

The Blues travel to Wigan this evening, looking for a response to last weekend's 4-1 loss at Deepdale, and a performance described by manager Tony Mowbray as "uncharacteristic".

Speaking ahead of the game, Smallwood says the players have prepared well for the midweek fixture, and are targeting a much improved display.

"When you've had a defeat, you always look forward to the next game and trying to put it right," he said.

"You never like losing, but we're ready to bounce back. We had a de-brief and have prepared well for Wigan, so we're ready to put on a performance.

"It's a long season with a lot of games, and we'll be fighting tooth and nail on Wednesday. We know it will be another tough game.

"We've still got two massive games this week, two massive opportunties to pick up points."

Rovers and Wigan battled it out for the League One title last season, with the Latics coming out on top on the final day, and Richie is looking forward to renewing the rivalry.

"We're coming into this after a defeat and they've had some mixed results of late, so it should make for a good game. We're ready, that's all I can say," he added.

"It was a good battle with Wigan last season, we were chasing for a while, and fair play to both teams for the season we had.

"We had two intense and fiesty games against them last season. Hopefully this game is similar and we can put on a spectacle for the fans.

"We'll go out there, stick to our game plan and do what's been asked of us. If we do, we know we can win the game."

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