Date: 8th May 2018 at 7:00am
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Having clinched automatic promotion with victory over Doncaster Rovers, Blackburn Rovers headed into the final game of the season against Oxford United knowing the League One title was now a long shot following defeat to Charlton Athletic at the end of last month.

The title bridge proved too far to cross with Wigan ending the campaign with a two-point cushion over us, but again the aim was promotion back to the Championship and the second-tier of football and fans, staff and players can now enjoy their summer knowing we achieved the job we set ourselves at the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign.

Having ended our year with a 2-0 victory as both Darragh Lenihan and Jack Payne scored their first club goals to pick up the final three points available, manager Tony Mowbray was full of praise for the togetherness of everyone.

Bouncing back at the first time of asking is no small feat and he was full of praise for the role the fans had played as he spoke to the Official Site.

“Ewood was bouncing and today we showed that Blackburn Rovers are back. It’s a great celebration and the players deserve great credit for digging in. After the first 11 games we’ve really been excellent. We will try and build again for the Championship to give ourselves a really good chance. Let’s see how the summer goes. We should enjoy today and our fans were incredible today. Give Oxford credit, they came and played some good football.”

More than 27,000 fans were inside Ewood Park for the 28th win of the season and Mowbray called on everyone to keep our momentum going for next season as he knew that would be a huge plus for us as we cope and adjust to the step up.

Describing the Championship ‘as like’ a second Premier League with the clubs now at that level, he stated the aim wouldn’t just be consolidation, summer recruitment will be with an eye to finishing mid-table to top ten to more quickly consolidate ourselves and keep the previously mentioned momentum going.

Fans will certainly be on board with that!

Let’s see that aim now play out in our targets…