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Mowbray: Positive signs despite defeat

“We were braver on the ball in the second half, we kept it, moved it around and put them on the back foot"

30 March 2019

Tony Mowbray admitted that he saw glimpses of Rovers at their best despite a narrow defeat at play-off-chasing Aston Villa.

After Tammy Abraham's early opener, Tyrone Mings doubled the home side's lead at Villa Park with a towering header.

But Rovers showed fight and spirit, with Amari'i Bell's predatory finish - his third in our last four away games - setting up a grandstand finish.

However, despite bossing the late stages, Rovers' pressure didn't lead to an equaliser, with Mowbray's men heading back up the M6 with nothing.

“I thought there were some really good spells today, although the first half saw us have our backs against the wall," Tony reflected to iFollow Rovers.

“We showed resilience because they were very, very good in the first half. It was similar to how the manager played during his time at Brentford - 4-3-3 but with a more experienced side.

“[John] McGinn and [Jack] Grealish were good and gave us a tough afternoon in the first half, with us having to stay with them.

“We grew into the game and spoke at half time about being braver on the ball. We couldn’t keep giving them the ball back as they will force you back.

“We were braver on the ball in the second half, we kept it, moved it around and put them on the back foot.

“The introduction of [Ben] Brereton and [Joe] Rothwell benefitted the team. Joe’s so crisp with his passing and his dribbling, whilst Ben was really positive on the ball, using his body well.

“We were unfortunate not to get anything from the game."


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