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Mowbray: We rose to the occasion

The boss was delighted by a brilliant team performance, but was disappointed not to win at Newcastle United

5 January 2019

Tony Mowbray felt his side deserved more from the Emirates FA Cup clash against Newcastle United, but believes his team "rose to the occasion" at St James' Park.

Making their bow in the competition this season, Rovers were excellent in the north-east, and dominated the majority of the match.

Bradley Dack's thumping header handed the visitors the lead in front of more than 3,000 Rovers supporters, only for Matt Ritchie to smash home a penalty with six minutes remaining.

And speaking afterwards, the boss was amazed by his team's effort against their Premier League opponents, with a replay now on the cards the week commencing Monday 14th January.

“For the effort and desire and the team, to compete with Newcastle United, in a pretty full stadium, the team rose to the occasion," Mowbray said to iFollow Rovers after the game.

“I thought it was a similar performance to the one at Elland Road against Leeds United and the game at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United.
 
“It’s no surprise to see that heart and desire for each other. They have to keep producing that, so let’s keep going, let’s keep finding those levels when we play against Premier League sides.
 
“We knew Newcastle wouldn’t be defensive, and I thought we matched them, asked questions of them and got in their faces. 
 
“Ultimately we’re disappointed not to have won the game, against a good side in Newcastle United, away from home."

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