Mowbray calls on his Rovers to finish Easter job
SMASH-AND-GRAB Blackburn’s job for the Easter weekend is only half done after victory at Nottingham Forest, says boss Tony Mowbray, who is demanding a repeat performance at home to Bristol City tomorrow.
Tommie Hoban scored the only goal at the City Ground, with Blackburn’s only shot on target, to end a run of seven games without a win and close to within two points of Forest.
But Mowbray insists the target for the weekend was always going to be maximum points, as he impressed the importance of Monday’s match on his players.
“One result doesn’t mean very much to us to be honest,” he admitted. “We felt as though we had to get six points this weekend.
“The first part of it we’ve managed to do, and we’ve got a huge game now on Monday.
“If we can get a positive performance and a good result then practically the whole bottom half of the table will be looking over their shoulders.
“We’re playing for people’s livelihoods really and it’s a fine line between making the players too nervous and understanding what an important day it is for the club.”
Forest had the better of the clash at the City Ground, but failed to trouble Rovers keeper David Raya and paid the price.
Having created very little else, Blackburn won a corner with 12 minutes remaining and took full advantage – Hoban heading Connor Mahoney’s inswinging cross in at the back post.
Britt Assombalonga went closest to an equaliser for Forest on 87 minutes, but Raya was equal to his low shot at the front post after Eric Lichaj’s cross to earn three points.
Forest boss Mark Warburton insists now is the not to time for worrying, however, with two points separating his team and the relegation places ahead of their trip to Cardiff.
“We were sloppy, and never really showed enough quality to take the three points,” he admitted. “We have a fight now.
“All of our focus now is going to Cardiff – to a tough venue – and delivering the performance we have to deliver.
“There is no doubt the players have the quality, but we have to be consistent.
“It’s about belief, and telling the players we can’t feel sorry for ourselves and come in and mope.
“We’re in a scrap but I’m not worried.”
BIG GOAL: Blackburn’s Tommie Hoban celebrates scoring the winner