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Boss expecting toughest test yet on Saturday

"In the middle of the park where they have some very technical players."

24 August 2018

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Tony Mowbray is expecting the toughest test of the season so far when promotion-chasing Brentford visit Ewood Park this weekend.

The Bees have had an excellent start to the campaign and, like Rovers, will come into the encounter on the back of a 2-2 midweek draw.

Dean Smith's side will be missing key man Neal Maupay, who has received a ban for a stamp on Aston Villa playmaker John McGinn, but Mowbray says they still have plenty of quality and that Rovers will have to be at their very best to earn the points.

“The plan when we kick-off is to get the points. We’re up against a team that has started very well, has won some matches and have drawn against some tough sides as well," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers.

“It’ll be a tough game, but we shouldn’t fear any team. We’re at home and will play the game we play. Let’s test ourselves and see how good we are.

“The next game for this group is important. We take it a game at a time. There is a confidence about the group playing at home that we can create chances. We need to be wary of Brentford’s quality going forward and in the middle of the park where they have some very technical players.

“But at the same time we’ll be going out there to perform and ask questions of the opposition by playing on the front foot."

The boss still has memories of the last time the two sides met, with Rovers defeating the Bees at Griffin Park but going down on goal difference.

But he says the past won't come into it for the latest battle on Saturday afternoon.

“There’s a better feel around the building now. I remember on the day we played well and won 3-1. We needed five goals to overcome the goal difference if I remember correctly," he reflected.

“Thinking back, I remember late on we had a couple of breakaways with Sam Gallagher and Lucas Joao causing problems. We’re a different team now and need to face this game head on."

Don't forget, Rovers are back at Ewood on Saturday when Brentford come to East Lancashire in the Championship. You can back the lads by purchasing your tickets for the clash here.

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