Mow­bray calls on his Rovers to fin­ish Easter job

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Colin Hen­rys

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.”

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