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Mowbray: The start of a big week for us

Back-to-back tests at Ewood Park to come, but Tony's only focussing on the visit of Nottingham Forest

27 September 2018

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Opportunity knocks for Rovers with an Ewood Park double-header on the horizon, which begins with the visit of Nottingham Forest to East Lancashire this weekend.

Following on from Forest's clash on Saturday, Sheffield United will make the trip across from Yorkshire on Wednesday night for a game under the lights.
 
But Mowbray's only focus is on Aitor Karanka's side, for what he admits will be "a tough test" on Saturday afternoon.
 
“It’s an opportunity and chances for us to pick up points. At Ewood our home record is good and the next visitors for us are Nottingham Forest, a big football club and two-time European champions," the boss told iFollow Rovers.
 
“They have had a high turnover of players this summer and have spent a lot of money. They have a manager who has got out of this league before during his time at Middlesbrough as well.
 
“It’s a good test for us, a tough test, but one we should be looking forward to. I’m sure we’ll be as competitive as ever.
 
“This group, as I talk about a lot, their spirit is their biggest strength. We go into every game with expectations to win, but sometimes when the ball gets rolling on the grass teams make you feel that quality.
 
“It’s about how we react to that, our intensity, our decision making. You can have the biggest heart in the world, but when the game starts you need to see if you can deal with the opponent, the heat in the kitchen."
 
Rovers have had to raise their game in recent weeks, particularly in the last few outings, where a home draw against Aston Villa was quickly followed up with voyages to Derby County, Stoke City and AFC Bournemouth.
 
And he believes Rovers will have to up the gears once again at the weekend.
 
“Sometimes you think ‘these are a good side’ and what happens is that you raise your game to compete," Tony added.
 
"We will make life difficult for teams and I think our group have that belief that we can score in every game, but we also know we need to work really hard to do that and to earn clean sheets."
 

Tickets for this weekend's game remain on sale and you can purchase yours by clicking here.


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