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Preview: Rovers v Northampton

Mowbray's men return to action at Ewood Park this weekend

24 January 2018

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Rovers can close the gap on league leaders Wigan to just two points with victory over Northampton on Saturday afternoon.

Here's our guide to the game...


Last time out, Rovers left it late to secure a vital 2-1 win at Fleetwood, a result which extended our unbeaten run in the league to 16 games, and saw the Blues move into the automatic promotion places. Tony Mowbray's men currently sit second in League One, level on points with Shrewsbury with a superior goal difference, and five behind Wigan. Rovers have conceded just 25 league goals so far this season, scoring 50 times at the other end. Kick-off against Northampton at Ewood is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, and fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with highlights available for iFollow subscribers after the game.


Midfield trio Peter Whittingham, Corry Evans and Marcus Antonsson all missed the trip to Fleetwood, and Elliott Bennett could again partner Richie Smallwood in the middle of the park. Loanees Adam Armstrong and Jack Payne will be hoping for a first start, and Danny Graham could well keep his place up front. Harry Chapman remains a long-term absentee, but Darragh Lenihan is close to making a return. Mowbray is expected to provide an injury update during his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon. As always, we'll bring you news of both starting line-ups via and our official social media accounts on matchday. 


Northampton are in 18th the standings, with 32 points from their 29 games so far in 2017-18. Saturday's opponents are managed by Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and won 2-1 against MK Dons in their last league outing, their third league victory in a row. The Cobblers have scored 27 league goals this season, with Chris Long (8) their top scorer, but they've let in 49 goals at the other end.


If you're heading to Ewood this weekend, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers! We'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. Speaking ahead of the game, Graham said: “The fans are massive for us. They got us over the line against Shrewsbury in our last home game and they’ll play a huge part between now and the end of the season. We’re on a great run; every away game is a sell-out and every home game the attendances are getting higher and higher, so long may that continue. There’s a massive feel-good factor around the place now." 


There are seven other League One fixtures taking place on Saturday, with all games kicking off at 3pm: Blackpool v Charlton, Bradford v Wimbledon, Doncaster v Bristol Rovers, Gillingham v Fleetwood, Oldham v Plymouth, Portsmouth v Shrewsbury, Southend v Scunthorpe.

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