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It was a perfect game for us

The boss has been reflecting on the entertaining draw against Steven Gerrard's side at Ibrox

21 July 2019

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Tony Mowbray was left content by what he saw from his team after Rovers earned a draw against Steven Gerrard's Rangers at Ibrox.

Lewis Travis came off the bench to level in Glasgow after ex-England striker Jermain Defoe had handed the hosts a half time lead with a glancing header.

Rovers certainly improved after the interval, with fellow substitutes John Buckley and Ben Brereton combining just prior to Travis slotting home the equaliser.

And speaking after the game, Mowbray was pleased with the progression shown from his side with just under two weeks to go until the start of the regular Championship campaign kicks off.

”It was alright for us, and was certainly good workout," he reflected.

"It was probably the first time so far in pre-season where we really had to play out of possession for spells in the game.

“We tried to purposely create a pre-season schedule where we would build our own possession-based game and then play against teams that felt could test the other side of the game.

“Rangers didn’t let us down. They were good with the ball, especially in the first half. Their shape was good, they are a well coached team and they have good players.

“For us it was the perfect game," he added.

“The difficulty is balancing the game time. We need to get to a stage where players are playing for 90 minutes. At the moment a lot of them haven’t played 90 minutes.

“For us it was a good game, for Rangers you can really see what Stevie’s doing with them. They have an identity to their play.

“I think they will be a real force this season."

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