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Boss expects a tactical test

Tony says Wednesday meeting with Sheffield United should be an intriguing battle...

2 October 2018

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Tony Mowbray believes this week's Championship clash against Sheffield United will be a "tactical game", and says Rovers are looking to follow the Blades' blueprint.

United make the trip to Ewood Park on Wednesday evening, looking to build on what was an impressive first campaign back in the second tier in 2017/18.

Speaking about our next opponents, Mowbray says his side will be looking to "attack the league" in a similar way, having bounced back from relegation, and expects the game to be an intriguing battle.

“I think what they did last year is a good gauge for us, it’s not a bad comparison to make," he said.

"We’re a year or so behind them, but we saw how they attacked the league last year by taking teams on and I think we’ve been doing that so far this year.

"It will be a test for us, they’ve recruited well, they have a style about them and we have to be able to deal with that and ask questions of them.

“What I do know is that Sheffield United will give us a tough game. They play with three at the back, with wing-backs and centre-halves who charge up the pitch.

"They’re aggressive, they play on the front foot and the manager has created an identity there, so it will be a good test."

While the boss is wary of the Blades' strengths, he says it's important for Rovers to impose our game on them, in front of our own fans.

“It will take some concentration from the lads, some listening and organisation around how we’ll deal with certain aspects of their play," he added.

"We need to make sure we always have our own threat, because a strength of theirs might also be one of their weaknesses.

"We’ve identified all of their strengths and weaknesses and hope that, on the night, the players know to attack certain areas quickly.

"I think it will be quite a tactical game, but what I do know is that Sheffield United have some very good technical and athletic players.

"Their league position suggests they’ve been doing well, so it’s a dangerous game for us.

"What I mean by that is that they have high ambitions this year, they’ve settled into this league and did well last year. Let's look forward to it." 

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