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Battling qualities impress the boss

"We'll go again this week, we'll get our armour on and we'll try to get another three points"

19 August 2019

Fight, desire and spirit have all been traits of a Rovers team under the stewardship of Tony Mowbray, and each of those aspects were clear to see during the weekend win over Middlesbrough.

Off the mark for the season thanks to Danny Graham's penalty, it was a deserved victory over Jonathan Woodgate's charges, and the margin of the win could well have been greater.
 
Three points is three points though, and Mowbray was left purring at the determination that swept right through his side in the victory over the Teessiders, as he explained to iFollow Rovers.
 
"It was about the three points and not being rooted at the bottom of the table with zero points," the boss reflected.
 
"I thought the team functioned pretty well for the vast majority of those first two games. The fine margin and the fine detail matters.
 
"If we had lost 1-0 (against Middlesbrough), I would still have felt alright, because I can see the qualities of this team.
 
"Nobody is laying down, nobody is accepting defeat, nobody is thinking 'it's alright, we lost again'.
 
"They are fighting to try and win football matches and that's what they'll do all season.
 
"Let's see how many wins we can get. We've got to try and make this place a fortress."
 
And with two games to come this week, with a trip to Hull City coming on Tuesday prior to the weekend visit of Cardiff City to Ewood, Mowbray's keen for his side to gain some momentum.
 
"We've got a massive task next weekend against Cardiff City, who were in the Premier League last season and every player in their team is 6'4 and you know what's coming," he added.
 
"We'll go again this week, we'll get our armour on and we'll try to get another three points, after Hull of course on Tuesday.
 
"There were a few tired limbs in that dressing room after Saturday's game, so Tuesday is going to come around very quick.
 
"They'll have a couple of days to recover and then we'll try to pick a team to go to Hull and do what we did there last year, hopefully. Create some chances, score a goal and see if we can get the three points."

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