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Spirits high in the camp

Lewis Travis has revealed that the Rovers squad are in confident mood ahead of the weekend test with Cardiff City

23 August 2019

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What a difference a week makes in football.

Seven days ago Rovers were gearing up for a home test against Middlesbrough knowing that there was a need for at least a point on the board following a stuttering start to the new campaign.

Tony Mowbray's men ended up picking up a win in the clash against the Teessiders, before backing that up with another 1-0 win and a second successive clean sheet at Hull City.

Rovers can turn a good week into a great one with victory over Cardiff City at Ewood Park on Saturday, and Lewis Travis admits the camp is eager to build momentum.

“It’s been a great week for us to get back-to-back wins," the young midfielder told iFollow Rovers ahead of the game.

"The group has really grown in confidence. The Middlesbrough game wasn’t pretty but I felt it showed just how much fight we have in the dressing room.

“To earn a 1-0 win against a good opponent is great. We have aspirations of getting out of this league so you can’t be inconsistent in this division.

“We backed last week’s win up with the three points at Hull and it gives us momentum ahead of this weekend.

“Not many teams in this league can put three wins together and there may be a slight advantage for us in having 24 hours more rest than Cardiff, who played on Wednesday night.

“After the first couple of games we were disappointed, but we all knew it was early into the season so didn’t beat ourselves up about it.

“We’ve put a couple of wins together and moved up the league. Two seasons ago we lost the first two games and ended up getting promoted, so that shows that you can’t dwell on defeats."

But whilst confidence is high, Travis, who has started in each of Rovers first four league outings, admits that the squad are staying grounded.

“All the lads have spoken that we need to take each game as it comes," the 21-year-old added.

"We can take confidence from the last two games, but we know it’ll be a real challenge for us against a team who were in the Premier League last season.

“Ewood’s always been a fortress for us and we love playing at home, so hopefully that can continue."

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