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We're under no illusions ahead of Bury test

Tony Mowbray says his side must ensure of a fast start when the Shakers visit Ewood Park on Monday

16 February 2018

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Tony Mowbray insists his side should be wary of an upwardly mobile Bury side and not expect an easy ride ahead of the Shakers' visit to Ewood Park on Monday evening.

Under managerial duo Ryan Lowe and Ryan Kidd, the Greater Manchester based outfit are on a morale-boosting five-game unbeaten run and will make the trip to East Lancashire in buoyant mood.

But Rovers themselves are in decent form, after the late victory at Portsmouth on Tuesday evening, thanks to Adam Armstrong's late winner at Fratton Park.

And whilst Rovers know a win will definitely take them into the top two, with Wigan playing in the FA Cup on the same night, Mowbray is not underestimating his opponents.

“They’re five unbeaten now and I saw their game against Bradford where they were very good, they played with high intensity and passed the ball well. It reminded me of watching Oldham against us in the first half the other day," the boss told iFollow Rovers.

"We won’t get sucked into a false impression that because they’re at the wrong end of the table that they’re struggling – they look a good team.

"We just have to do what we have to do and, over the 90 minutes, hopefully we have enough to grind them down and get three points. We’re expecting a tough game from the off."

And the boss feels Monday's opponents will come and give it a go in East Lancashire, and won't be taking anything for granted.

“Each games stands on its own two feet, for me. I don’t think about what we need to do at home or away in particular because every game is difficult.

"When I sit and prepare for games, sometimes I see teams come to Ewood Park that aren’t the same team I’d been watching previously – it’s a big match for them and their intensity is higher.

"We have to deal with that, if you’re a big team in this league, you have to deal with everyone wanting to beat you. That’s okay, that’s what we’ll prepare for and we’ll look forward to that challenge.

"We want to win every game and, while you can’t win every game, we’ll definitely try. 

The game against the Shakers takes place at 7.45pm at Ewood Park. Tickets remain available and you can purchase yours by clicking here.

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