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Stoke still adapting to the league

The boss says his side won't fear Gary Rowett's outfit ahead of this weekend's trip to the Potteries

20 September 2018

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Tony Mowbray says Rovers will soon find out whether this weekend is a good time to play Stoke City or not.

Rovers have had a tricky run of games so far this month and a trip to the bet365 Stadium sees another one added to that run.
Draws against Aston Villa and Derby County have been decent results for Rovers from their last two games, and a game against Gary Rowett's outfit will be our first against last season's relegated Premier League teams.
“We should look forward to the challenge. Last season Stoke were in the Premier League but we have nothing to fear," Tony told iFollow Rovers.
“Let’s go there and see how we get on against a team who last season were playing Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham. Let’s see how we can compete.
“Stoke have been adapting. I think Wigan went there recently and won 3-0. They are just starting to find their feet and just realising the work ethic needed in this league.
“We’ll find out on Saturday whether it’s a good time to play Stoke or a bad one. What I do know is that they have some quality players, Joe Allen being one of those, who was at Liverpool a few years ago.
“[Ryan] Shawcross, people like that, have been there a long time and they have the young lad Woods who they have recently signed for Brentford. The quality is there.
“It’s the next test and one that our players are looking forward to. Let’s go and try and enjoy the occasion and see if we can get some points."

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