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We owe Reading one

Tony Mowbray wants Rovers to make amends for last season's defeat at the Madejski Stadium

19 September 2019

Manager Tony Mowbray says Rovers will head to Reading with a positive mindset, with the aim of returning to East Lancashire with the three points.

Rovers visit the Madejski Stadium on the back of a 2-0 victory over Millwall and Mowbray is keen to record another positive result.

Rovers lost last season’s corresponding fixture 2-1, as Nelson Oliveira netted a late winner after Amari’i Bell had levelled for the visitors.

Mowbray hopes Rovers can make amends this time round, but knows it won’t be easy against a talented Reading side.

“It’s always important to try and get results,” said the Rovers boss.

“I see Reading as an opportunity. I think they’re a very good side. With the ball, they’re exceptionally good.

“I think we probably owe them one, after going there last year. It was a game I felt we dominated for long, long spells.

“Even though we fell behind, we got ourselves back into a position to go on and win the game. As we were striving to win, we lost it late on.

“So let’s go there in a really positive frame of mind and try to get the result that just keeps the momentum going.”

Reading have experienced a mixed start to the season, losing their first two and last two fixtures, whilst beating relegated Premier League sides Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City in between.

Mowbray is well aware of the Royals’ attacking talents, but insists Rovers will head to Berkshire targeting the three points.

“The videos I’ve been watching, they’ve been pretty good with the ball,” added the manager.

“They’ve got some very, very talented players around the edge of the box and they’ve scored some great goals.

“They can get behind you, put the ball in your box and they’ve got some big centre forwards – Lucas Joao, who we know of course, is a real handful and they signed the boy Puscas, who was exceptional in the Under-21 tournament in the summer.

“So it’s a difficult game for us, they’re a good side, and yet we’re a good side as well. The mentality of our team is that we can go anywhere and expect to give a really good account of ourselves and get something out of the game. If not three points, then one point.

“But we’re going with the mentality that we’re going there to win.”


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