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Boss: Millwall a tough nut to crack

Tony Mowbray admits although the Lions have their own identity, so do Rovers, ahead of Saturday's clash

9 August 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is expecting a tough battle on Saturday afternoon when Millwall visit Ewood Park for our first home Championship game of the season.

Like Rovers, Neil Harris' side also picked up a point on the opening day, drawing 2-2 with Middlesbrough at The Den.
 
So with both teams searching for the first maximum haul of the campaign, what does Tony expect from the Londoners ahead of their trip north from Bermondsey?
 
“Millwall are a very tough nut to crack. They have a defined way of playing, we know what’s coming," he told iFollow Rovers.
 
"They were 2-0 up against a very strong Middlesbrough team at the weekend and they ask questions of you and show great resilience.
 
“It’s a game we will embrace. We know what’s coming and we know we’ll have to defend well on the day. Three points at home would make it a great start to the season for us.
 
“They have an identity I think. They play the way they play and their players have bought into it and have belief in their coach.
 
“Last season they got plenty of good results and will have been frustrated to lose such a late goal on Saturday. They’ll probably bring that frustration with them on Saturday but they’ll also have that confidence from last season."
 
And Mowbray believes his side also have an "identity", confessing that everyone in the squad is on board with the way Rovers want to play the game.
 
“I think the players believe we have an identity now with the way we play," Mowbray added. "There was a culture change after 11 games last season.
 
"We’re just trying to carry that on into this season. The players are all on board. We have a balance of creating chances, ask questions of opponents and defending well. Let’s try and enjoy the journey."
 

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