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It's time to dig in

Tony Mowbray has urged his side to stand up and be counted following a frustrating run of results

22 October 2019

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Tony Mowbray is hopeful that his side's luck will change for the better, but says the team will need to dig in to turn the tide in their favour.

Rovers head to Birmingham City tonight looking to arrest a frustrating run of results, but Mowbray says his side need to help themselves out in both boxes.

There have been some positive signs from Rovers so far this season, most notably the first half display against Huddersfield Town at the weekend.

And the boss believes that his side aren't far away from really finding their rhythm.

“I think the team is really close to being a really good team in this league," he told iFollow Rovers ahead of the encounter against Pep Clotet's Blues.

"The moments of softness, the lapses of concentration, that’s what’s costing us at the moment.

“It’s not breaking our way at times - Huddersfield had two shots on target at the weekend and scored with both, one of which was a penalty.

“We need to dig in. We know we’re way short on points for the quality of players we have in our squad.

“Football is about putting the ball in the net at one end and keeping the ball out of the net at the other. We need to improve in both parts of that.

“A million managers have spoken about how good they are between both boxes, but that doesn’t matter.

“We need to find a way to win and be more clinical in both boxes. The final pass has to be better and we need to make first contact on the ball at the other end," he added.

“It’s still very early in the season. I think after 30 games of last season Aston Villa were still in the bottom half of the table. They ended up ticking and managed to win games to get promoted.

“The margins are really fine and we need to keep working to make sure that those really tight games go our way and we keep believing."

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