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Tony's glass is half-full

The boss says despite a defeat to Sheffield United, things are still looking up rather than down at Ewood

3 October 2018

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Tony Mowbray is looking at the bigger picture following a first home defeat in 26 league outings at Ewood Park against Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

Billy Sharp's second half brace did the damage thanks to two poached efforts, with Rovers failing to find any response to the goals.
 
But despite the defeat, Mowbray says the chance is there to react and ensure the good start to the second continues with a victory at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.
 
“Let’s not get carried away here. It’s our second defeat in 11 games. Defeats are part and parcel of football and we have to understand that it’s a little shock to the system for us," the boss said honestly.
 
“We’ll play against more good sides this season and we accept that defeats will be coming. We have to punish teams when we are in the ascendancy and hopefully we will do that.
 
“As we’ve said a few times this season, we probably haven’t accrued as many points as we’ve perhaps deserved from our performance levels.
 
“Whilst I don’t think we deserved anything from tonight’s game, let’s accept this defeat, realise we have played against a good side and get ready for the weekend.
 
“It would be nice to get three points and keep the tally ticking along. Let’s see how we go and how we get along.
 
“It’s around this time of the season after 11 or 12 games when the table begins to take shape. We do have to start picking up three point hauls along the way. I’m sure we will because we have the quality and spirit in the squad.
 
“Let’s keep the spirits high and not get too anxious from a defeat."

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