Tony Mowbray targets the title after Blackburn clinch promotion

Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by PA

Tony Mowbray targets the title after Blackburn clinch promotion

Tony Mowbray has urged his Blackburn side to go on and win the Sky Bet League One title after securing promotion back to the Championship.

Rovers won 1-0 at Doncaster courtesy of Charlie Mulgrew’s 80th-minute header, with the victory taking them up while also moving them to within a point of leaders Wigan, who were held to a draw by Bristol Rovers.

“We’re on a phenomenal run of just one defeat in 33 games, so let’s finish the job off with two more victories and go up as champions,” a delighted Mowbray said.

“That’s what we’re after and it would crown a terrific season for this club.

“To respond the way we have after relegation last May and then losing our first two games of the campaign has been fantastic.

“I’m so proud of the players for what they have achieved and I’m delighted for our fans and everyone else connected with the club.

“This club was spiralling in the wrong direction but now we are heading back upwards and our next ambition is to give it a real go again next term.

“I want us to compete in the Championship the way Sheffield United and Millwall have done this year, so I’ll be talking to the owners about what needs doing and where we need strengthening.

“But that’s for another day. Right now I’ve just come out of a dressing room where sensible grown-up professionals have turned into excitable small children because of what they have achieved.

“There are some wild footballers in there. The dressing room is bouncing and who can blame them for going crazy after what they’ve done.”

Darren Ferguson declared his pride in his Doncaster players for the way they battled valiantly against intense Blackburn pressure.

The home side looked set to hold out for at least a point but were undone when Mulgrew headed Blackburn in front.

“My players couldn’t have given us any more,” Ferguson said. “No one could have any complaints about the effort my players put into that game.

“They keep doing the same thing but unfortunately we’ve come unstuck to a team that has won promotion.

“We were playing a team that is technically very good, that can smother you and cause you problems in certain areas.

“There were periods in the game when we had to make sure their midfield players didn’t control the game.

“We had to give possession up and sometimes you have to do that.

“I thought we got better as the game went on. It was a game for common sense but in the second half I thought we grew into it and got better.

“But we’ve switched off from a set piece. It’s disappointing to lose a game to a set piece because at that stage I thought the game was very even.”


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