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Attitude, camaraderie, togetherness

The boss has hailed his players as Rovers' good form continued against Bristol City at Ashton Gate

16 December 2019

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Tony Mowbray was quick to pay tribute to his squad as Rovers made it six games unbeaten with a comfortable victory at Bristol City on Saturday.

The boss made six changes to the starting XI at Ashton Gate, and following another excellent victory on the road, he now faces some tough decisions for the home clash with Wigan Athletic a week today.

It's been some run for Rovers, with only the top two in better form than Mowbray's men, who have earned three-point hauls in five of those half a dozen outings.

“I don’t listen to noise outside our football club, where people can moan about team selection and why certain players aren’t playing, the hardest job for any football manager is to invest in the players and invest in the human qualities," he told iFollow Rovers.

“But then you have to let them down and say they aren’t playing and you see that disappointment in their eyes.

“Yet this was an opportunity, with a Wednesday to Saturday turnaround, to show everybody that we trust them.

“We challenged them to turn up at a really tough place to come to and they did just that and did fantastically well.

“It doesn’t surprise me, and I say every week that we have a great group of footballers with a fantastic attitude, camaraderie and togetherness.

“There’s a real sensibility and logic in our dressing room. When I tell them that they aren’t having days off and they’re training and doing double sessions from Tuesday to Thursday, they just take it on the chin and get on with it," he added.

“On other days when I say that they can have three days off, they think it’s great and come back to give you everything.

“I was a footballer for 20 years and I like to think I know what makes them tick and what drives them on, what rumbles in their belly.

“We have some home games coming up and we have to make sure that we’re right at it in those games."

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