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Positive vibes only

The boss says the team are itching to return to winning ways against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night

30 September 2019

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Tony Mowbray insists it's important for everyone to stay positive as Rovers look to get back to their best against Nottingham Forest tomorrow night.

The hosts will be aiming to return to winning ways on Tuesday following a frustrating defeat to Luton Town at the weekend, but it won't be easy against a high-flying Forest.

The boss has a fully fit squad to choose from against Sabri Lamouchi's high-flyers, with the boss revealing that Joe Rothwell is expected to be back available after missing the last two games through illness.

“Everyone is training, so I think we’ll assess things tomorrow before the game," Mowbray said to iFollow Rovers ahead of the encounter against The Reds.

“It’s nice to have options, so we’ll see how we look tomorrow and aim to go into the game with a positive vibe.

“When you break the weekend game down, we contrived to lose, but let’s be positive now, let’s try to keep dominating games and let’s attack Nottingham Forest.

“They’re a decent side who I don’t think have been beaten since the opening day of the season.

“Let’s keep going, this is the next game and the next opportunity for us.

“Let’s get back to doing what we’re good at and look to keep improving. Together, we know what we need to get better at and hopefully we’ll see improvement.

“Forest are a different challenge to the one Luton posed at the weekend. They have some good players and the result would suggest that they’re a very good side.

“They beat Stoke City on Friday night and with it went top for a few hours. They’re right up there competing, and it’s just the next challenge for us."

It was a turbulent summer for the visitors, who replaced Martin O'Neill with French chief Lamouchi and went about bolstering the former Renness boss' squad.

They come into Tuesday's game sitting in third place in the Championship table, and Mowbray acknowledges that the test against Forest will be a tricky one.

“The name on the shirt doesn’t matter, we’ll go out there, compete, play how we want to play and hopefully cause them problems," he added.

“They have a different manager from last season with different ideas, but a lot of the players last season still remain with them.

“They still have Joe Lolley in their team, who’s so good at driving inside from the right-hand side and using that left foot.

“They’ve recruited Sammy Ameobi, Lewis Grabban is still there and he knows how to finish. They’re playing with confidence and it is a tough game," he said.

“They’ll come with no fear but we’ll be keen for them to feel our quality on the night.”

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