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Boss looking forward to Birmingham battle

Tony Mowbray has called for patience from the stands ahead of Saturday's game against the Blues at Ewood

14 December 2018

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Tony Mowbray has urged his side to look forward to this weekend's game against Birmingham City at Ewood Park as Rovers aim to record back-to-back victories on home turf.

Rovers' form at Ewood has been excellent over the last 15 months, with Mowbray's men suffering just one league defeat in that time.
 
Garry Monk's Blues visit on Saturday and the boss is prepared for a "tough" battle against the Midlanders.
 
“We should look forward to this weekend, but we’ll have to be patient as well," Mowbray said to iFollow Rovers.
 
"Birmingham City are a good side, a tough nut to crack. Garry has them very well organised and they play with two strikers who are strong, fast, powerful and dynamic.
 
“One of those is [Lukas] Jutkiewicz, who I had at Middlesbrough. He’s a fantastic lad, a great individual and a huge physical specimen.
 
“It’ll be a good game, but it’s one we have to be wary of because they are a good team."
 
So what is Mowbray expecting from our opponents?
 
“Duke [Jutkiewicz] is who they play to. They play to his strengths. He can use his body well, win flick ons," Tony added.
 
“They’ll have [Che] Adams up there trying to run in behind, potentially Connor Mahoney playing off the right side, Jota could come back in after injury and a ball player on the left in [Jacques] Maghoma who can cut in and go inside or go on the outside.
 
“They have big lads at the back and are a Championship team that work really hard for each other. They all know their jobs and are disciplined, so my message to our supporters is that we’ll have to be patient.
 
“We can’t just turn up and roll teams over. It’s going to be a really tough match, but it’s one we’re looking forward to."


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