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Mowbray relishing Latics challenge

The boss expects a tough game on Saturday, but is confident of getting a result

26 October 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray acknowledges that Saturday's game against Wigan will be a "challenge" for his side, but says it's one he's looking forward to.

Rovers travel to the DW Stadium this weekend looking to claim a second consecutive win in the league and close the gap on the Latics, who sit second in the table.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Mowbray says the game represents a good opportunity for his players to gauge their progress.

“I think based on the results Wigan have produced at home, it suggests it’s going to be pretty tough," he told reporters.

“They play as a team and they’re good with the ball. They’re controlled and ask questions of you.

“Wigan have some exceptional individual talent at this level, so it’s a game we have to really focus on. Let’s go there and enjoy it. We want to test ourselves.

“We have to play our game and let the match unfold in front of us, really. It’s difficult to predict how it’s going to be.

“We’ll make sure we carry a goal threat, make sure we know where the space is on the pitch and exploit it.

“If think they have very good technical players who can keep the ball well. They have a lot of quality in their team, but hopefully we have more athleticism.

“I think it will be a pretty tactical game, a good game with a lot of good players on the pitch. Let’s see how it goes.

“It would be nice to get the three points, however we might get them. Let’s go there and be positive and try to take the game to them if we can."

While Saturday's match is likely to be a good test for Rovers, Mowbray doesn't think the result will have a bearing on where the teams finish this season.

“With 32 or 33 games left to go, it’s not season-defining," he added.

"Yet it's the only game this season, other than the reverse fixture, where we have a chance to affect what Wigan do this season.

“We’ve done okay but we’re getting stronger, and I’m sure we’ll keep getting stronger as a team.

“I’d expect them Wigan to be near the top two by the end of the season – let’s hope we’re the ones to finish above them. 

“They’ve got some good players but so do we, so let’s take the challenge on.

“We changed the schedule a bit this week, we’ve had a four day build-up to the game and done plenty of work.

“The lads know what’s expected, they know what’s coming, and they should trust themselves to get the job done."

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