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A massive game

24 February 2017

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Darragh Lenihan is under no illusion of the importance of tonight's match against Burton Albion.

Rovers have the chance to close the gap on the teams above them with a positive result over the Brewers and he knows they have to grasp that opportunity.

"It is a massive game for both clubs and if we can get the three points it will be hugely important to us," the defender told Rovers PlayerHD.

"For us, especially with the new manager coming in, everyone wants to get a good start under him so we are just looking to win. There are 15 games left in the season, there is plenty of football left to be played.

"When we play the teams around us you want to gain ground on them and that is what we'll be looking to do. We've got Burton, Derby and Wigan so if we can take a good few points out of those games that can give us a just a little kick to push on.

"But we know that we have to take one game at a time and Burton is the main one."

It may be Rovers' first visit to the Pirelli Stadium, but the place is familiar to Lenihan after he spent a successful spell on loan at Burton two years ago.

The Irishman made 17 appearances for the Brewers in 2014-15, helping them to promotion from League 2.

"I had a great time there a couple of years ago," he added. "I gained experience there.

"I was used to playing reserve football in front of hundreds of people, whereas at Burton I was playing in front of thousands of people. It was a great experience, a great bunch of lads, I had fond memories of playing there.

"It was a great period for me personally and also for the club, I came back a better player, it gave me belief that I could play for Blackburn Rovers."

Fans are reminded that there are no sales at the Pirelli Stadium this Friday, so advanced purchase is required.

Tickets go off sale at Ewood at 2pm on Friday. With standing and seating available, prices are from £20 Adults, £18 Seniors, £15 17-22 year-olds and £7 for Under 17s.

Call the ticket office on 01254 372000 for further information.

Supporters travelling to the Pirelli Stadium by car from the south of Burton should note that there are long-term roadworks at the Branston Junction on the A38. Fans are advised to follow the northbound diversion route.

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