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Mowbray satisfied with battling point

The boss was pleased with a third successive clean sheet, but was left ruing his side's luck in the final third

24 August 2019

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Tony Mowbray felt his side deserved a point at the very least following the 0-0 stalemate against Cardiff City at Ewood Park.

It was a game of few chances against the newly-relegated Bluebirds and Rovers would have won it in the dying stages of the game had Derrick Williams' left-footed effort had gone an inch or two to the right instead of hitting the post and bouncing away.

The positive to both the day and the week is that it's seven points from a possible nine and a third successive clean sheet for the Mowbray's men.

And the boss' glass was half full when reflecting on the result, with positives to take from the display.

“I thought in the first half in particular we had a lot of possession around their box, but it’s always tough against [Aden] Flint and [Sean] Morrison, who head everything out," he reflected to iFollow Rovers.

“My team selection was quite difficult today because I know how powerful they are. We went for Sam [Gallagher] out wide and tried to attack their left back.

“There was a fair bit of aerial bombardment today, a few blocks in their box. Neil’s teams are always very big, strong and powerful, so it would have been a great day to win 1-0.

“Derrick’s hit the post late on and we’ll take the point. It’s a game we might well have lost last season.

“As I weight it up, it was a tough game for us and a tough game for them, and it’s good that we can roll our sleeves up and go into battle. There will be other times where we can play good football, get in behind and create chances."

Mowbray added that although he admits it wasn't the most glamourous of encounters, there are certain games where you have to show grit - which was certainly the case against Neil Warnock's outfit.

“Today wasn’t a day for pretty football. We’re disappointed we didn’t get the win but we’ll put the point in the bag and move on," he added.

“I don’t want to criticise the team today, but we need to keep working in training to take better care in the final third. The team scored enough goals to win matches last season and there’s no reason we can’t do that again.

“It’s great to get three clean sheets, but we would like to add more goals. We competed with a strong Cardiff side, everyone battled away, but we couldn’t find that one moment of magic to make it a 1-0 win rather than a 0-0 draw."

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