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Mowbray's defensive dilemma

Mulgrew was almost risked against Forest, whilst the boss discusses Rodwell's cameo and Nyambe's injury

30 September 2018

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Tony Mowbray says he had plenty of decisions to make both pre-match and during the game against Nottingham Forest when it came to his defence.

With Charlie Mulgrew injured and Derrick Williams suspended, Paul Downing made his first Championship appearance alongside Darragh Lenihan at Ewood Park against the Reds in the 2-2 draw.

A reshuffle midway through the second half was supposed to see Ryan Nyambe move into a centre back position prior to picking up what looked like a hamstring injury.

His replacement was Jack Rodwell, who took his spot in the heart of a back four on the hour mark, and now Tony believes he has decisions to make when Sheffield United visit on Wednesday evening.

"Charlie was really, really, really close to playing in this game," the boss revealed to iFollow Rovers after the breathtaking encounter.

"The decision with Charlie is risking and gambling and something goes wrong and he hobbles off and he's out for 10 weeks.

"Or give him another few days and make sure that he's 100% ready to go, so we don't have to drop him in, take him out, drop him in, take him out. Once he's fit he's going to be fit and back.

"Ryan felt his hamstring. I was a bit annoyed because he should have told me before we made the substitution.

"Ryan was going to play centre-half and we were going gamble and press on and have real mobility at the back, so that we could play two v one.

"Ryan's speed and Darragh [Lenihan]'s speed would have dealt with their strikers and breakaways and we could have pushed on a bit more.

"But saying that, I thought Jack Rodwell did well. He was obviously the lad involved in their penalty incident, but I thought he looked assured and strong and fast.

"I just felt that it was too much to start him today on the back of 55 minutes at Bournemouth, but he didn't do himself any harm today with his cameo appearance late on." 

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