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The pressure will be on Brighton

1 April 2017

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Tony Mowbray hopes his Blackburn Rovers side can take advantage of the pressure on Brighton when the two teams meed this Saturday afternoon.

Rovers travel to the American Express Community Stadium looking to continue their unbeaten start under the new boss, but will be up against a Seagulls side striving for promotion to the top flight.

Brighton currently sit six points clear of third placed Huddersfield, but having stuttered in recent weeks with three defeats in five, and with the Terriers having a game in hand, the Rovers manager feels the pressure will all be on Chris Hughton's side.

"There is a lot of pressure on them I have to say," said Mowbray

"They are looking over their shoulders at Huddersfield. They've lost three of their last five games. They just want a steady performance.

"I've been there as a manager and ultimately you get over the line and you win promotion but every game is massive, every three points is huge.

"It can be nervous being at the top, the expectation level of the fans and the crowd. We have to try and feed off that and make sure they feel as if they are playing against a really good team.

"And as we've shown over recent weeks, at Fulham and at Norwich, we can go and score goals at these places and that is what we need to try and do and ask questions of them at the weekend."

The Rovers boss is also keen on another good result to continue to bring several clubs into the relegation mix.

Rovers are a just a point behind the three teams immediately above them, with another three teams just five points away.

"Things can change dramatically in a week," added Mowbray. "If everybody wins a game at the weekend and the ones above us don't win then all of a sudden they are in touching distance, one game and they can drop below you.

"That is what we have probably achieved over the last few weeks really of trying to bring those other clubs into us a little bit, yet over the last few weeks a few of those clubs have actually picked up a few results that you thought they might not have got which happens at this stage of the season sometimes.

"We have got to make sure that we are the club that does upset the apple cart every now and then. We do win a game or two away from home that people might not expect and we do pick up the results that we require at home and we get the job done.

"Nobody is going to do it for us, people who tell me that such a club have got a really tough game this weekend, it doesn't really wash with me because they can go and win no problem. We know what the Championship is like, anybody can beat anybody, we have to look after our own house and make life really difficult for every team we play and hopefully come out on top and pick up some three points along the way."

Tickets for today's match at Brighton are no longer on sale. Why not listen to full 90-minute commentary online on Rovers PlayerHD. Our broadcast starts at approximately 2.45pm.

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