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Concentrate on ourselves

19 September 2014

Gary Bowyer will try to ensure that Fulham's off-field changes have no effect on his team when the two sides go head-to-head at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Thursday saw the Cottagers dispense with the services of manager Felix Magath, with Under-21s boss Kit Symons handed the temporary reigns.

Despite the managerial changes, Bowyer will set up his side in the same manner as they would have done, as they look to get back to winning ways.

"We just concentrate on ourselves," said the Rovers boss. "We can't affect what goes on at boardroom level at Fulham so what we'll do is prepare exactly the same.

"We'll have our meeting with the players and show them the work that we'll be doing on the training ground.

"It would be exactly the same no matter who the manager was."

Like many teams before them, Fulham have struggled to adjust to life in the Championship after dropping down a division, with just one point to their name after seven games.

However Bowyer believes that a degree of patience has to be applied to teams coming down from the Premier League because of the challenges that await.

"The Championship is totally different, we are seven games in, you've got to give people longer than that," added Bowyer. "What happens now? Does the next manager only get seven games?

"I think with the nature of this league there has to be an understanding of adjusting, time and fitting in with what is a very difficult league.

"If you look last year as an example, Leicester under Nigel Pearson had three seasons at rebuilding the club.

"It is like building a house, you don't do it in a week, you have to lay the foundations and add to it.

"It is the same process in football, you can't just build a team straight away, it takes time and Leicester are an example of what happens when you have a vision of long-term rather than short-term."

Supporters who haven't yet purchased tickets for Saturday's match against Fulham have until 4pm today to get them from the Roverstore at Ewood.

After that tickets will be on sale on the day at Craven Cottage but supporters should note that there is a £5 increase in the cost of a ticket.

Advance Ticket Prices are: Adults £25, Seniors (65+) £20, Under 21’s £20, Under 16’s £15.

Matchday Ticket Prices are: Adults £30, Seniors (65+) £25. Under 21’s £25, Under 16’s £20.

Rovers fans are situated in the Putney End Stand.

For further information call the ticket office hotline on 0871 222 1444.

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