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We need to stick together

"You have to stick together, work hard, believe in each other and keep going"

7 March 2019

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Tony Mowbray insists lifting anxiety in the Rovers dressing room will be crucial ahead of this weekend's derby meeting with Preston North End at Ewood Park.

Rovers have had a difficult time of things in recent weeks, and believes lifting the spirits can boost his side's chances in front of what promises to be a bumper crowd in East Lancashire.

More than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the encounter against North End, with the boss eager to get back on track with victory on Saturday.

“The next game is coming, whether it’s a week away or two days away, you prepare the team for the opposition that you’re going to play," the boss said to iFollow Rovers ahead of the clash against Alex Neil's outfit.

“We’ve had a week to prepare for Preston and the secret for me is to not get over anxious because we’ve not won for a few weeks. You have to be careful to not transmit your anxiety to the team.

“We’ll get them relaxed, enjoying their football, and get them to do their jobs on the day. We won’t be giving them too much information. Let’s not lose sight of how far we’ve come.

“I’m confident that we’ll be back to winning ways very shortly. Every game that goes by without a win gives you a bit of an added burden. You have to stick together, work hard, believe in each other and keep going."

And once again the boss has admitted that improvement in both boxes is required for this weekend's battle.

“The things that need improving are there right in front of the face, I said that after the Rotherham game," he added.

"The players know that, three games in training won’t make 28, 29, 30-year-old players change. Football’s a game of habit.

“We know the strengths and weaknesses of the team. It’s about playing to the strengths and working, masking those weaknesses.

“The weaknesses can’t be covered up, we need to use our strengths to get the results."

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