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Old friends now foes

7 November 2015

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There'll be a familiar faces to Rovers fans with the opposition this Saturday at Ewood Park.

For Brentford have former midfielder Lee Carsley in charge as caretaker manager of the club, and ex-Academy graduate Alan Judge amongst their ranks.

Carsley made 55 appearances for Rovers during a two-year spell in blue and white, getting on the scoresheet on 14 occasions.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has been impressed with the way Carsley has turned the Bees' fortunes around since taking temporary charge at the end of September. With the Brentford boss winning the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month award for October.

"Lee has gone in and he's turned it around for them," said Bowyer. "He's gone back to how Brentford were under Mark Warburton. So it is going to be a real challenge on Saturday.

"He's gone in there and turned it around and we are going to have to be right at it and concentrate on ourselves and what we can control and be as organised and disciplined as we have been."

Judge is considered a doubt to feature against Rovers later today due to injury after an impressive October that saw him win the Player of the Month award.

The Irishman came through the ranks at Rovers before leaving, only for Bowyer to bring him back as his first signing after taking charge.

However Judge was unable hold down a starting position at the Ewood club and left to join Brentford in January 2014, a sale the manager still has regrets over.

"In an ideal world I wish he was still here for sure," he added. "But at the time he was in the squad and he was on the bench, but Judger being Judger, he wasn't happy with that, he wanted to be guaranteed first team football and he dropped down into League One to get it.

"It wasn't something that we wanted, but he was so keen to play football and he didn't want to be unhappy not being involved.

"We got good money for him at the time and I'm delighted that he has performed and gone on to the levels that he has because that was why we initially brought him back here.

"He's a top man and hopefully we can keep him quiet on Saturday."

Tickets for Saturday's match against Brentford are on open sale up until the 3.00pm kick-off. Prices for the match are available from just £18 for Adults, £12 for Seniors aged 65 and over, £12 for 18-21 year-olds and from £7 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

Why not book online at and collect your tickets from the Roverstore collection point ahead of the game.

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