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26 February 2020 Venue Ewood Park Attendance

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Preview: Rovers v Stoke City

A look ahead to Wednesday night's encounter against the Potters at Ewood Park

25 February 2020

Game number 35 of the Championship campaign takes place on Wednesday night when Stoke City head up the M6 to do battle with Tony Mowbray's side.

Rovers picked up a point against Brentford on Saturday afternoon to keep up the heat on the teams in the top six, whilst Stoke earned all three points in an eye-catching home triumph over Cardiff City.

A win for Rovers could move them to within two points of the play-offs, depending on other results, whilst the visitors could move six points clear of the relegation places.

Positive news for Mowbray is that Joe Rothwell is back in contention to play following a hamstring injury, whilst Sam Gallagher is pushing for a starting berth after emerging off the bench at Brentford.

However, Derrick Williams remains out of action due to a calf injury and won't be risked in midweek.

Whilst Mowbray's mood has been improved by the return of Rothwell, Wednesday night's visitors also have recent recoveries in time for the game.

Defensive reinforcements come in the form of club captain Ryan Shawcross and Liam Lindsay, which has provided Stoke boss O'Neill with a welcome boost.

“There’s no real advancements (with injuries), Ryan has stepped up his training and he has trained today, Stephen Ward is still with the medical team at this team at this minute in time,” the Potters boss told his pre-match press conference.

“Liam Lindsay returned to training today so we’ll see how he is and in relation to Wednesday night, but we don’t have anyone else missing.

“I said to the players that these weeks can be massive, but to get the real benefit you need to win the first game and that’s what we’ve done at home to Cardiff.

“Now we have the chance to add to that and all of that builds momentum - and when you have that momentum you get confidence and I don’t think fatigue becomes an issue.”

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and tickets remain available on the day of the game. To purchase yours online, please click here.

If you can't make it, you can track all the action via iFollow Rovers and across our social media channels.

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Report: Rovers 0-0 Stoke City

Mowbray's men can't quite find a way through a determined Potters defence at Ewood Pa

26 February 2020

Despite bossing the game, Rovers couldn't find a way through a dogged and determined Stoke City at a crisp Ewood Park.

Rovers had all the ball throughout the contest, with the best opportunities falling to in form Adam Armstrong, who could only find England international goalkeeper Jack Butland in inspired form.

Whilst it's a point closer to the top six, there will be a slight frustration that Rovers couldn't earn all three for their domination on home turf.

Tony Mowbray made two alterations to his team from the one that drew against Brentford a few days earlier, with John Buckley and Dominic Samuel dropping to the bench to allow Sam Gallagher and Joe Rothwell to come back in.

Rovers had the ball in the net inside the opening two minutes through the returning Rothwell, but he was adjudged to be offside when he slotted home after Jack Butland spilt Adam Armstrong's drive at goal.

At the other end, Tyrese Campbell tested Christian Walton with a left-footed effort, but it was comfortable for the Rovers stopper to hold.

The next opportunity in a lively opening 10 minutes came from the rampaging Ryan Nyambe, who took a touch before unleashing a strike that flew just past Butland's right-hand post.

The pantomime villain from his days at Wigan Athletic, Nick Powell went close to deceiving ex-Latics team-mate Walton, but his curling strike dropped wide of the right-hand post.

Stoke were organised and resolute defensively to ensure they went in at the interval all square, but Gallagher went close to breaking the deadlock five minutes into the second half, but couldn't beat Butland with a lifted attempt.

Soon after and Armstrong saw his driven effort go across goal and just past Butland's post as the hosts continued to probe for the opener.

Armstrong was the dangerman and he slalomed between Smith and Danny Batth but saw Butland in his way, before Campbell forced Walton to beat away his strike at the other end.

Rovers continued to press for a late winner, with Travis firing over before substitute Danny Graham saw a chance deflect wide in the final action of what turned into a frustrating night for Mowbray's men.

Rovers: Walton, Nyambe, Lenihan (c), Adarabioyo, Bell, Travis, Johnson (Graham, 82), Downing, Rothwell (Rankin-Costello, 79), Gallagher (Samuel, 78), Armstrong.

Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Brereton, Bennett, Buckley.

Booked: Lenihan, 13, Nyambe, 81

Stoke City: Butland, Smith, Batth, Collins, Martins Indi, Thompson (Cousins, 76), Ince, Allen (c), Clucas, Powell (Chester, 89), Campbell (Gregory, 72).

Unused substitutes: Davies, Vokes, Diouf, Oakley-Boothe.

Booked: Thompson, 29, Clucas, 90.

Referee: Darren Bond.

Attendance: 12,343 (861 away)

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