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We can't afford to be complacent

“We should have confidence and belief and go into the game looking forward to it as we go about our business"

5 December 2019

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Tony Mowbray insists Rovers can't afford to let complacency creep into his side's game against Derby County this weekend.

Ewood Park is the venue as Mowbray's men aim to chalk up a fourth successive victory following a three-game winning week.

The home form has been excellent in recent weeks, with Rovers aiming to follow up triumphs on home turf over Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Brentford with another three-point haul in East Lancashire.

Whilst Phillip Cocu's side have shown their quality at Pride Park, victories on the road have been harder to come by under the Dutchman.

But Mowbray is adamant that his side can't let their focus slip because of The Rams' poor record away from home.

“The focus is on the next game, which is a match at home and an opportunity for us," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers in his pre-match press conference.

“Our form at Ewood Park has generally been pretty good for a long time, and this weekend we come up against a Derby side with big aspirations.

“We should have confidence and belief and go into the game looking forward to it as we go about our business.

“We’re preparing a team that’s really positive and attacks the game looking to get the three points.

“We go into the game with confidence, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to win.

“This is a game where we’ve won a few matches, but we need to guard against complacency.

“The fact it’s Derby County should mean there will be no complacency. They’re a big club who will bring a decent support with them with expectations and a big name manager."

Rovers have come unstuck on their own patch before, with Charlton Athletic and Luton Town heading home south with the points from Ewood Park.

But the boss is hopeful that the squad have leant lessons from those two days of disappointment.

“I think for a long time we’ve done well at home, despite having two newly-promoted teams take maximum points off us," he added.

“We have to learn from those types of games and keep moving forward with a team that has a good mindset."

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