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A tough match for both teams

4 April 2017

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As Rovers return south for the second time in four days, boss Tony Mowbray would have preferred more time to prepare for tonight's match.

Following the weekend loss at Brighton, Rovers take on another side in the promotion shake-up as they face fourth-placed Reading at the Madejski Stadium - kick-off 8.00pm.

The Ewood boss would have loved to have been given the chance to work on the training ground for how to get the better of this evening's opponents, knowing that they'll be difficult match.

"I think this is a game that you have to prepare for," Mowbray told Rovers PlayerHD.

"They have an almost unique way of playing, very expansive, they have good movement, good rotation, a very positional football team.

"A lot of teams have found them difficult to play against so we'd have preferred a few more days to work on the grass and more preparation time, but this is the Championship and we have to be ready to go there and give them a tough match.

"I don't think there are any easy games as we have found. Brighton are second in the league and I felt as if we more than matched them, it was always going to be a very tight game and I'm pretty sure that Reading is going to be the same.

"I am pretty sure that we are going to make life difficult for their passing game and we'll see whether we have enough quality to punish them on the transitions. 

"I wouldn't question the players' desire, attitude and character, yet this is a tough match for us and I'm sure it will be a tough match for Reading as well."

Fans who haven't yet purchased tickets for this evening's match have until 11am to get them from Ewood.

After that they will be available on the night at the Madejski Stadium, from the South Stand Ticket Office from 6.30pm. Prices are £23 for Adults, £16 for 65 & Over, £13 for 18-24 years and £8 for Under 18s.

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