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Boss keen to keep the door locked

"We'll look for that blend of keeping clean sheets at one end but scoring goals at the other"

26 August 2019

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Tony Mowbray admits that he's pleased to earn three successive clean sheets, but wants to get the balance of combining shutouts with finding the net at the other end.

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It's been a week to remember for Rovers, who earned wins over Middlesbrough and Hull City before picking up a point at home to Cardiff City at the weekend.

Finding the net has been trickier for Rovers in the Championship, and Mowbray's keen to find a solution to the teething issues in the final third.

“We spoke last week about Derrick [Williams] and Darragh [Lenihan], and it's very pleasing that they can play different types of games, where sometimes they are up against fast, alert strikers, or big, strong, powerful strikers, and still get the job done," the boss said when discussing his side's recent defensive prowess.

“They both have wonderful attributes and are both winners, who want to win every header, every tackle and every game.

“I'm pleased enough with that and we can't rest on our laurels. We need to keep working on the defending to keep ensuring that we keep that back door locked.

“[Lewis] Travis and [Bradley] Johnson, along with the full backs and goalkeeper, they're all a big part of our clean sheets as well, so we'll keep working away at it to look for that blend of keeping clean sheets at one end but scoring goals at the other," he added.

“I'd have probably taken seven points this week, especially after our first couple of games. It's fine, but for us the aim is to now go on a run of winning matches and getting clean sheets.

“Our next league match is against West Bromwich Albion and I remember that game last season was a real war for us, with Richie Smallwood in goal and finishing the game with 10 men.

“Let's get these two games out of the way before we take a gulp of air during the international break. We'll see where we are and how we'll be come the end of August.”

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