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“I have no fears that there will be a reaction from us"

24 October 2019

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Tony Mowbray is searching for his team to react in the right way when Rovers make the short trip to take on Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday.

Mowbray's men have hit a sticky patch of form recently and go into the derby clash against Alex Neil's side on the back of a narrow defeat to Birmingham City in midweek.

Preston came out winners in the last meeting between the sides, and Mowbray admits that his team will be on a revenge mission against The Lilywhites this weekend.

And whilst he's fully aware of North End's excellent home form, he insists that there will be a reaction as his side look to bounce back.

“It’s up to us to go and play how we can play," he told iFollow Rovers ahead of the game.

"We’re mindful that we’re playing against a team in good form and have started the season really well.

“It’s a derby game and an opportunity for the team to go out there and show their true colours.

“It still lingers, the disappointment away at Preston last season, and we need to try and make them feel our quality, emotion and desire.

“That doesn’t guarantee that we’ll get a result, but you expect to show that quality in a derby game especially.

“Tuesday night was very much a one off over two years. I remember Preston away last season and Wigan away last season where we really didn’t turn up.

“But in my opinion that hasn’t happened often over the last two years. I’ve very rarely questioned the team’s attitude and desire," he added.

“I have no fears that there will be a reaction from us. That doesn’t mean that we’ll go and win 4-0, it just means that we’re going to compete with the team we pick and have available, to go and make a real contest of the game.

“We’ve had discussions a few times about our form, but it’s time to put that to bed."

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