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Ball retention so key for us

"There’s ways to keep the ball and move it around, but only if you can recognise it"

25 September 2019

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Tony Mowbray believes his side have learnt lessons from last season after a solid start to the campaign so far for Rovers.

After losing the three games of in August, Rovers have shown they're a tough nut to crack in the second month of the campaign with back-to-back wins in September.

The victories have seen Mowbray's men dispatch Millwall and Reading, with Luton Town to come to Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon.

And speaking after the latest three point haul at The Madejski Stadium, Mowbray says that his side's ability to keep hold of the football has proved to be crucial.

“The experience, the know how, the knowledge, that’s the difference for us at the moment," he said to iFollow Rovers after the win against Joe Gomes' Royals.

“It’s very difficult to try and replicate the last five minutes of a game or a spell of injury time in a game in a training session.

“The opposition are gambling, they’re pushing their full backs up, they’re keeping their strikers up and now running back, that’s why there’s ways to keep the ball and move it around, but only if you can recognise it.

“If you keep giving an opponent the ball back in the late stages, where they have everyone in the box, you’re asking for trouble, and I felt we learnt that at Elland Road last season against Leeds United," he added.

“The pleasing thing to me is that the lessons look to have been learnt and hopefully it won’t happen much this season."

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