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Tony to tinker with the team on Tuesday down in Dorset in the Carabao Cup

24 September 2018

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Tony Mowbray admits a trip to Bournemouth on Tuesday will offer other players to stake a claim for regular first team football.

It will be the fourth game in 10 days for Rovers when we take on the Cherries on Tuesday night, with three of those matches being away from home.

It's been a decent week for Mowbray's men, who have drawn against Aston Villa and Derby County before defeating Stoke City on Saturday.

But Mowbray says he's likely to afford one or two players a well deserved rest in midweek.

“I won’t be telling you who’s travelling to Bournemouth or not, because like opponents, we listen to press conferences and see what’s been said!" the boss said on Monday ahead of the trip. 

“We’ll make some changes and have a squad that need game time and also some young players who did really well in the previous rounds.
 
“It’s not necessarily about the game, it’s about the travelling. Getting back at 3am or 4am on the Wednesday will mean that day will be a bit of a washout.
 
“The players will need to sleep and recovery. Thursday will see the lads jogging about for a while and then Friday will only give you one day to prepare for what is a massive game against Nottingham Forest. 
 
“We’ll leave some of the senior players behind and go down there looking to get the result. We’re delighted to be playing a Premier League side. I’m normally happy to avoid teams in our league and League One teams that we would have played last season," he added.
 
“The travelling is the problem really for us. It would have been a brilliant draw for us had it been at home, but we need to get on the bus and  head to the south coast."

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