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A vibrant and athletic opponent

Tony Mowbray discusses the challenge ahead for his side, with play-off-chasing Derby County the visitors to Ewood Park tonight

9 April 2019

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Tony Mowbray has warned his side that they will be up against a talented group of players when Derby County visit Ewood Park this evening.

The Rams come into the encounter on the back of an entertaining 3-3 draw at Brentford and are unbeaten in their last five outings in the Championship.

But Mowbray is backing his side to rise to the challenge against Frank Lampard's in form outfit.

"We’re looking forward to the challenge against a good Derby side, another team who have aspirations of the play-offs," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers.

“Derby have had a great season and have put together a young, vibrant team that is full of athleticism.

“They players who built a big reputation in the first half of the season, the likes of Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, they’re still performing for them.

“Wilson scored twice against Brentford at the weekend.

“They are a young, fast, athletic team that can score goals, but at home we should be aggressive, positive and see if we can get the points."

And reflecting on the reverse fixture at Pride Park, Mowbray believes the Rams showed their class on the night, wirh Rovers escaping with a 0-0 draw early on in the campaign.

“I think we felt Derby’s quality earlier in the season at Pride Park," he admitted.

"I think they’re up there with Villa and maybe Brentford in being the best side we’ve played against this season.

“They all have the type of player that have been built up by technique.

“What we’ll see is a team that likes to attack and have lots of runners. We’ll have to try and clog that up but also ask questions of them by running the other way."

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