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Changes expected this evening

Tony gives a team news update ahead of the Imps' visit this evening to Ewood Park

28 August 2018

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Tony Mowbray has said there may be changes for tonight's Carabao Cup encounter with Lincoln City, but insists a strong team will still be named.

Rovers come into the clash on the back of a great home win against Brentford, whilst opponents Lincoln won again at the weekend to top the table in League Two.

The boss is expecting a tricky test against the Imps, who have four wins and a draw from their opening five games this term, and is deliberating whether to ring the changes for the game.

“There probably will be some changes, I would suggest," Tony said.

“Why, because I could see how they looked in that dressing room after the Brentford game.

“I want to give a special mention to Corry Evans. At this moment, he is playing at an unbelievably high level of physical output and he's carrying a few knocks.

"Elliott Bennett fits into that category. After the game, Elliott had a massive ice-pack on his knee and yet I sit and watch in awe really of the distance he covers in a football match and the tackles he makes and the sprints he makes forward and the recovery runs that he does.

“It was an amazing effort from them on Saturday, so I need to protect a few of them and yet we’re playing against a pretty strong Lincoln team who are on the up at the moment and who will fancy their chances if we weaken our team too much.

“We would like to progress in the Carabao Cup. I think all Championship clubs should do their best to see how far they can go and see if they can get drawn against Premier League opposition to test themselves, so we will put a team out that we feel will get the job done, but we have to protect one or two who have put superhuman efforts in.

“We have to make sure we pick a team to give them enough problems and to get the job done. It’s important that we try and progress ourselves in cup competitions. It would be great to see how we can go in the cups and test ourselves against Premier League opponents to make things exciting. We won’t be taking the game lightly."

Don’t forget, Rovers are back in action on Tuesday evening when Lincoln City visit Ewood Park in the Carabao Cup. You can come down and back the boys by clicking here.

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