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Mowbray's season reflections

The boss looks back on the highs and lows of the 2018-19 campaign...

9 May 2019

Tony Mowbray says Rovers can look back on their 2018-19 campaign with pride, but admits there have been good and bad days along the way.

The first season back in the Championship saw Rovers finish with 60 points, to end the term in 15th place in the division.
 
It's certainly been an entertaining campaign for Mowbray's men though. Who can forget Richie Smallwood's spell in goal at West Bromwich Albion, Joe Rothwell's Goal of the Season in the win at Nottingham Forest and Danny Graham's hat-trick - a first in a decade - against Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park?
 
But how has the boss reviewed the season?
 
“It’s been up and down, hasn’t it? We’ve had some great days; beating Leeds at Ewood Park and drawing against Aston Villa after they scored a last minute equaliser," he reflected to iFollow Rovers.
 
“Performances against Hull, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic have been big days, good days for us, winning in the Championship.
 
“We’ve shown we can compete in the league, but there have been negatives as well, there have been some disappointing performances and defeats along the way.
 
“We’ll finish mid-table and a win may see us shoot up a couple of places, but if it doesn’t we’ll put the season to bed and get ready in the summer to improve next season."
 
And the overriding emotion now it's all over?
 
“Frustration is the main feeling I have because at the end of January we were a couple of places off the top six," the boss added.
 
"Why wouldn’t we dream that we could have kept going?
 
“After 30 games we’d accrued an average of 1.5 points per game. If we’d have continued that throughout the season we’d end it in fifth place in the league.
 
“It’s of course a case of ifs, buts and maybes, and every club will say the same. After 46 games you do finish where you deserve to finish due to the quality in the squad and the depth of the squad.
 
“For us, we need to get better and need to improve. If you look at the likes of Sheffield United and Norwich City this season, who both got promoted, last season Norwich finished 16th, I think."

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