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‘Always pushing ourselves’ – Rowe

City may have secured four points from their last two games but it’s a case of always wanting more and they go in search of three points on the road to Barnsley this Friday night.

For Tommy Rowe, the game can’t come around soon enough and it is the perfect opportunity to show how hard the team have worked as they look for consistency.

Consistency has been key for much of the campaign, with only two defeats from their 14 Sky Bet Championship games so far and a 10-game unbeaten run thrown into the mix as well.

That’s not bad for a “relatively inexperienced side” hit by a number of injuries and new signings from the summer.

“With the way we want to play our games, three games in a week has been hard because you’re training, playing and recovering – it’s all go,” Rowe told Robins TV. “But the way we want to do our work is on the training ground and get that sort of stability that has helped us so far with the success that we’ve had. It’s something we’ve had to adapt to, all clubs are the same, but we’re really keen to get back to winning ways and there’s no better time to start than Friday.”

The versatile left-sided defender/midfielder added: “It’s important to get that level of consistency. We see it on a day-to-day basis at the training ground but we’ve got to do it on the field.

“We know teams will have time when they have possession, there will be times when we don’t have the ball but with a young team, a relatively inexperienced team that’s not used to playing together, I think we’ve done remarkably in certain games.

“We’re always pushing each other as a team and individually we’re always trying to get that next level and really go and get a good win somewhere to set us up.”

Putting training into practice - Rowe

Tommy Rowe: 2019/20 in numbers

  • 14 Appearances
  • 2 Goals
  • 3 Clean sheets
  • 4 Most tackles in a game (Birmingham City A)
  • 47 Most passes in a game (Reading H)
  • 72% Pass success rate

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Rowe, who with 474 career appearances at the age of 31 is closing in on a major milestone, played his role in City’s last two home games which saw the Robins clinch vital points through Josh Brownhill’s winner versus Charlton and Pedro Pereira’s header against Wigan Athletic.

Those moments had the squad and the Ashton Gate faithful buzzing in BS3 and now Rowe wants to take that to Oakwell.

“You know it’s going to be as intense,” the former Doncaster captain added. “I’m not sure if the fans look at it like that but as a player that’s how it comes across and now we can hopefully take the atmosphere of the last three games, the energy that we’ve had and just put it all into it because it’s there for us now.

“We know where we can go with a win and we just want to more than ever, do ourselves proud of the work we’ve been putting in over the last three games so it’s going to be crucial.”

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