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Full steam ahead

“I’m delighted that they’ve had a fantastic week and got the points that they’ve got, because they deserve it"

2 December 2019

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Tony Mowbray had a beaming smile etched across his face following a week to remember for Rovers thanks to three straight victories.

And it's the manor of the recent wins that has also been particularly impressive for Mowbray's men, with late goals the order of the day in the latest triumph over Stoke City, a week earlier at home to Barnsley and, of course, that dramatic ending to earn the points at home to Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the month.

Rovers ended their barren streak on the road by adding another victory to their tally at Stoke to ensure nine points from a possible nine in the space of seven days.

The form has improved, but Mowbray believes that the upturn in fortunes hasn't been because of a change of his methods.

“I do my work basically," the 56-year-old admitted to iFollow Rovers.

“I haven’t done anything this week from what I was doing two or three weeks earlier when people weren’t very happy.

“We’re a team in transition. I’ve said it endlessly now, we’re a team trying to get away from hitting lots of long balls on the diagonal to Danny Graham.

“If Danny is in the team, then great. He has to hold it up for us, which he can do, but we have to be a team that doesn’t just keep giving the ball to the opposition by hitting long balls and flicking it on to nobody at times.

“We have to be a team that can control the game more. It’s taking a bit of time on the training ground, it’s different, players sometimes go back to type from what we’ve been telling them to do for over two years now.

“I just keep doing my work. Whether the fans are happy or whether the fans didn’t want me here, I’m not going to change anything I do, other than I work hard with the players," he added.

“I love these players. I’ll do anything for this group of players. I’ll stand up for them. As long as they work hard and give me everything, I’ve got no qualms.

“I’m delighted that they’ve had a fantastic week and got the points that they’ve got, because they deserve it.”

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