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Grab your chance, urges Mowbray

"They need to try and grab their chance and to make my life more difficult when it comes to selecting the team on Saturday and beyond"

12 August 2019

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Opportunity will knock for a number of the Rovers squad on Tuesday night against Oldham Athletic, and Tony Mowbray says it's important for those players to grab their chance with both hands.

It's not been the start to the season that Mowbray and his squad will have liked, but Tuesday's clash against The Latics will allow the group to take one eye of the league for one night only.

Mowbray admits there may well be squad rotation for the clash at Ewood Park, and says that those who do get the nod must go out to impress him.

“I don’t think that injuries are a major issue for us, but there are a few that are unavailable to us from Saturday and before Saturday," Mowbray revealed to iFollow Rovers when touching on team news for the game against the League Two side.

“But we feel we have enough to put a team out that will be competitive and we’ll see how we go.

“The plan is to utilise the squad and the early rounds of this competition is to give some of your squad players a game.

“When I say squad players I mean players who are disappointed to have not started the opening two games of the season. Tuesday night is an opportunity to show me that they should be starting league games.

“I’ve said to the group today that they need to try and grab their chance and to make my life more difficult when it comes to selecting the team on Saturday and beyond.

“There’s an opportunity there for the strikers to score some goals. We’ve got to score goals and people will be given a chance, so we will see if they can do that.

“Both games in the league has seen us produce lots of decent play and getting into good areas, particularly on Saturday at Fulham. But we’ve shown an inability to make the right pass, make the right runs."

Greg Cunningham could make his Rovers debut after being left out of the squad against Fulham at the weekend, whilst the likes of Ben Brereton and Danny Graham could also earn their first starts of the season.

“We have good options at the top of the pitch and I’m sure we’ll score goals this season, but we want to see if we can get some players up and running for the season," Mowbray added.

“First and foremost we want to win the game and progress in the tournament.”

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