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Tony to go strong against the Tigers

The boss however admits he won't take any chances with players who aren't fully fit

4 January 2018

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray insists he will play a strong team for Saturday's FA Cup clash against Hull City at Ewood Park.

Many teams like to rotate their squad in the competition nowadays, and although the boss says no risks will be taken with players who are fatigued, also confirms he won't simply play youngsters.

"It's a big game and one which we want to apply ourselves in and test ourselves in," Mowbray told iFollow.

"Things are looking better in terms of player availability. Joe Nuttall is out of his sickbed and hopefully we're over that bug that went around the club. There are no fresh illnesses in the group.

"We have to be respectful to Hull. They're a big team who have been in the Premier League, but we'll be going out there to win the match.

"A lot of our players have played in the Championship, but we have players who haven't, so it will be a great test for them.

"We'll pick a team to cause them problems and win the match."

And whilst Tony admits the FA Cup isn't his top priority, he'd still like to get a scalp against the Championship Tigers at Ewood.

"Everybody at the football club wants us to get out of the division; the supporters do, my players do, I do, all the staff do.

"With total respect to my players, I think it's highly unlikely we'll win the FA Cup this season. Whatever team we pick will be a team we believe will win the match. It won't be a team full of kids, it'll be a very strong side, but we won't be taking any risks with players if they have knocks.

"Hull will come to Ewood expecting a good display and expecting a victory, with them being in a league above us, but we'll certainly be going out there to win the game.

"We'll try to play our game. The preparation has started after we took a breather following the game at Rotherham."

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