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Groundhog day, admits the boss

"It’s a bit like Groundhog Day, but I saw the effort and desire, the work rate"

6 April 2019

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It was another day of frustration for Rovers and Tony Mowbray, with the boss left irritated by small margins costing his side against Stoke City.

Rovers had the better of the game against the Potters, but Peter Etebo's goal proved to be the difference on the day at Ewood Park.

Adam Armstrong had Rovers' best opportunity of the game, with his strike crashing against the crossbar in the first half.

“We’re left disappointed and frustrated again," Mowbray admitted to iFollow Rovers after the game.

"It’s a bit like Groundhog Day, but I saw the effort and desire, the work rate. We had chances that didn’t go in, most notably when Adam hit the bar in the first half.

“As I have said, I think we’ve had three or four 1-0 defeats that have had good desire and effort.

“It’s that last pass, that bit of individuality, the bit of class. We’re left frustrated against a decent team with decent players, but I felt it was there for us today to win.

“We need things to start falling our way. It’s three or four times that we’ve lost 1-0 despite having quite a few opportunities.

“We need that bit more quality, the lads have to do it on a matchday. The best teams with the best players don’t need as many chances.

“It was a brilliant effort today, but it means nothing in the end."

And Mowbray believes just one win will give Rovers a lift, as he targets a strong final six games of the season.

“Every result is important," he added.

"There are still a lot of teams between us and those bottom places, but a win will give us a big boost and get rid of that little bit of anxiety."

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