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'We did the basics well'

Rovers boss hopes a learning culture will add a different dimension to his team

19 August 2019

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Tony Mowbray believes Rovers' 'back to basics' approach paid dividends against Middlesbrough at the weekend.

Whilst the manager would like to develop a different style of play to the one the fans have become accustomed to over the past two seasons, he insists it will take time.

The club invested in new analysis pods and state-of-the-art equipment at the Senior Training Centre over the summer and Mowbray says it will add a different dimension to his team, as he looks to combine technology with a strong team spirit. 

"We did the basics well on Saturday," said the Rovers boss.

"We played forward passes into areas we know we've got strengths, we won second balls, we had a competitive edge, we defended well, we put the ball into areas that asked questions of them and by doing that we won the penalty.

"To move to the next level and be able to dominate football matches, you have to be good with the ball and be able to manipulate the ball and see different passes.

"I don't want to be too one-dimensional. The balance is when to play and when to go direct, depending on which players we select.

"At this club at this moment, we're trying to develop a learning culture. We've invested in the infrastructure of the training ground, with analysis booths, where we have touch-screen TVs.

"The players are going in there most afternoon with a member of staff, who will talk through their own individual clips and what they could have done better.

"So we're trying to develop a learning culture, but we also have to find a way to win games. Sometimes you need to go back to basics to win games and as confidence grows and belief grows, I want this team to believe that we should be in the top six.

"And yet, we are playing in a league that has a lot of big teams with £40m parachute payments. So there's some difficult opposition in this league, but togetherness, camaraderie, team spirit and a unity in the group can enable you to punch above your weight and that's what we're going to try to do.

"Let's see how the season goes. It's pretty early in the season, but we're off and running, we've got some points on the board and we're looking forward to the belly of the season, once you get past the first 10 to 12 games."

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