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Healthy competition for places

9 March 2017

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Rovers have a near fully-fit squad to choose from for Saturday's clash with Norwich City.

After four matches unbeaten boss Tony Mowbray has a selection headache of a positive nature with plenty of competition for places.

"Those who haven't been starting are pushing really hard," said the Rovers boss. "The training intensity is really good, and the competition for places is very evident on the training ground.

"There is a lot of competition, which is obviously healthy, the job is to try and pick the team that can give the best performance and try and get a result at Norwich."

Of those champing at the bit for a place in the starting eleven, the manager has been impressed with the work that Connor Mahoney and Danny Graham have put in when coming off the bench in matches.

And he has hinted that a start for the pair isn't too far away.

"Connor wasn't in the starting team when I got here but he has done well in the four games where he has got on the pitch," added Mowbray.

"We've talked about the number of games and this will be the fifth game in 15 days on Saturday, and at some stage your wide players who work particularly hard in my football teams will be changed because of the workload that you are asking them to do, and the mileage they are covering every game.

"So his opportunity to start matches is just around the corner, it is coming and he has to be ready.

"Danny Graham has been professional. I watched him train today and he trained like a warrior really, a trojan tearing around everywhere.

"It is important that those players who are not starting the games show a real desire and commitment and want to play and he evidently did that today in training.

"The return of end product was alright the other night but I think when Danny came on things improved. His ability to hold the ball up on the edge of the box, to twist and try and get shots away was pretty evident.

"He's doing really well, he's working really hard."

Just Adam Henley and Corry Evans are unavailable for the match at Carrow Road, but both could feature for the Under-23s on Monday night against Middlesbrough.

Rovers fans who haven't yet purchased their tickets for Saturday's match against Norwich City will be able to pay on the day at Carrow Road.

Some 350 tickets have been sold for the weekend clash in East Anglia, with tickets going off sale at the Roverstore, Ewood Park at 3.30pm this Friday.

After that tickets will be for sale from the main ticket office at Norwich - cash only. Prices are £25 Adults, £15 Seniors 65+, £10 Under 18, £5 Under 12 £5.

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