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Mowbray: Why I played Nyambe

The Rovers boss says the defender has some "wonderful attributes"

18 October 2017

Tony Mowbray has explained why he chose to name Ryan Nyambe in the starting line-up for Tuesday's game against Plymouth.

The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park, with Nyambe starting alongside Charlie Mulgrew at the heart of the defence.

Asked about the defender after the game, Mowbray was full of praise for the 19-year-old and says he's learning all the time.

"Ryan's got some fantastic attributes, some fantastic assets, and that's why I played him," the manager said.

"I played him to allow us to play higher up the pitch, to play more in their half. With total respect to Elliott [Ward], when he plays we have to play deeper.

"Ryan allows us to play higher, and yet he's not a central defender or the most accomplished in the air.

"He's got some wonderful attributes and, if he's going to play centre-half, he has to learn the position.

"I've had discussions with him and he sees himself as a right-back.

"There's no [Paul] Downing or [Darragh] Lenihan, so I made the decision to take a chance and put some speed next to Mulgrew."

Nyambe will hope to be involved again when Rovers take on Portsmouth at Ewood Park on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).


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