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It's a team game, says the boss

"Individual awards they are nice but it’s a reflection of the team and the fact that we’ve managed to win games and accumulate points"

8 February 2019

Tony Mowbray heaped praise on his players after collecting the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award for January this morning.

Following four wins from as many games in the league in the opening month of the year, the boss was rewarded with the top prize, seeing off competition from Brentford boss Thomas Frank, Bristol City chief Lee Johnson and Swansea City's Graham Potter.

It's the second time that he's won the monthly gong as Rovers boss, but Mowbray admitted he can only do well if the team does the business on the pitch.

"Individual awards they are nice but it’s a reflection of the team and the fact that we’ve managed to win games and accumulate points, making sure we are stabilising in the league and at times punching above our weight," he told iFollow Rovers.

"We have to make this club feel as if there’s an expectation. 

"We were hurting coming out of the Christmas period. We had some massive games. The game against Leeds at Elland Road will live long in a lot of people’s memories. To lose the game was quite unbelievable.

"And then such a tight game against Norwich who find themselves top of the league. It was a tough game and to lose it so late on was damaging for us psychologically.

"At Sheffield United I felt we were going to win after 70 minutes. We were controlling the match and then after the sending off everything changed," Mowbray reflected.

"Thankfully we recovered and beat West Brom at home.

"And after that it gave us the confidence to move on into January and it went well. The fixtures were kinder on us than the four fixtures we’d just played and we managed to win the games.

"It’s given the team some confidence and belief."


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