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Mowbray: That'll do me

The boss was content with the final pre-season workout, but says there's still work to do

27 July 2019

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No more dress rehearsals remain for Tony Mowbray and his squad following the conclusion of Rovers' pre-season schedule.

Mowbray's men are unbeaten after five tests on the road, and produced arguably their best showing from that quintet in the midweek win against Bury at Gigg Lane.

Three days on, at a wet and windy Blackpool, goals from Adam Armstrong and Ben Brereton saw Rovers complete their pre-season work with four wins and a draw.

And after the latest result, a 2-0 victory at Bloomfield Road, Mowbray says he's content with how things went against The Tangerines.

“We were okay, playing against a team that know what we do and know how we play – Simon [Grayson] had been at our last three games," the boss revealed post-match.

“In an ideal world we'd have been up against a Premier League side, but today we weren't as fluent as we were at Bury and we gave the ball away cheaply at times.

“But it's fine, it highlights a few things that we need to improve on and I believe that players continue to build up the fitness and the sharpness around six to eight weeks into the season.

“We're now looking forward to next weekend after what was a good workout for everybody today."

There was more game time for Rovers' group of starlets, and Mowbray's been impressed by what he's seen from the rookies in the camp.

“Some of the young players have really shown their quality," he added enthusiastically.

"I think of the Rankin-Costellos, the Buckleys, they're right in there with the first team squad now and threatening starting positions.

“Players get judged on pre-season and what they're doing now rather than what they've achieved in the past.

“Those youngsters have got to keep going, got to keep pushing and see if they can get in the team.

“Let's keep things going and look ahead to Saturday.”

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