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Tony Mowbray was delighted the international break came when it did for his Rovers squad

14 September 2018

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Following a busy early season schedule, Tony Mowbray admits the week off from playing games will have done his side no harm ahead of this weekend's return to action against Aston Villa.

The games have arrived thick and fast since the season opener at Ipswich Town in early August, with Rovers playing seven times in league and cup competitions in that month.

An eighth game was added to the tally against Bristol City at the start of September, and the boss was pleased that the international break arrived when it did.

It allowed the squad to recover from the gruelling schedule, with only Charlie Mulgrew, Corry Evans and Ben Brereton away with their respective countries.

“The international break came at a good time for us as I think we played eight games – including cup matches – in a pretty short space of time," Tony reflected to iFollow Rovers.

"We’ve managed to take the sting out of the intense schedule of training, training, training, game, recovery, training, game.

“Charlie, Corry and Ben have been away, but apart from those three we had everybody else, which allowed us to take our foot off the gas for a few days. We’ve been back on it this week and are now looking forward to the weekend.

“We’ve had good training sessions this week, working on tactics and scenarios of needing a goal and chasing a game and shutting teams out when you are narrowly winning. These are relevant to winning football matches going forward."

And the boss feels a win this weekend will ensure confidence remains high in the camp, with the group still hurting from the defeat in the south-west a couple of weeks ago.

“I’ve spoken about the first hour at Bristol City to the lads, about how we probably should have been 2-1 or 3-1 up at half time yet came in at 1-1," Mowbray added. "That goal just before half time knocked the lads a little bit and gave them hope. In the end we lost the game, but we’ve spoken about the positives in going away from home and asking lots of questions of a good side.

“We need to continue to do that away from home. We’re around a year now since we lost a league game at home and we have to try and maintain that and keep it rolling. We have to make life very difficult for teams coming to Ewood Park."

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