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Tony Mowbray acknowledges Blackburn got carried away by play-off talk

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has acknowledged that his team got carried away by the play-off talk. Earlier last month, the Lancashire outfit had moved within one point of the play-off positions after beating Bristol City and that led to Mowbray talking up the prospect of making the play-offs.

However, Rovers thereafter suffered defeats to Wigan Athletic, Barnsley and Leeds United in the space of one week. They were able to return to winning ways against Cardiff City on Wednesday night, but Mowbray admits that the team got carried away with their promotion prospects, he told The Lancashire Telegraph: “Let’s just try and win the next game, I’m just focusing on that. We got a bit carried away, one point off the play-offs, and then the results didn’t go our way and then everyone is flat. Huge credit to them for lifting themselves and those lads are a huge credit to themselves and the football club.”

Wednesday’s victory has seen Rovers move within five points of Cardiff, who are occupying the final play-off spot. With another four games to play, they are facing a difficult task of making the play-offs, considering they need a number of results to go their way. Still, the club could seek to end their campaign on a high with a top half of the table finish and potentially make a better attempt at promotion next term.
Rovers are scheduled to host West Bromwich Albion in the forthcoming league game. They could yet dent the automatic promotion prospects of the Baggies. The west Midlands outfit are currently five points ahead of third-placed Brentford and Rovers could make things tighter at the top, should they manage to take something from the weekend clash. Mowbray’s side have accumulated four points from the previous three meetings against the Baggies.