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The boss will have to shuffle his pack against Bristol City with Bradley Dack suspended for today's contest

14 December 2019

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Bradley Dack won't play a part for Rovers against Bristol City on Saturday following his sending off in the midweek clash at Swansea, but Tony Mowbray says he has faith in whoever replaces the talisman.

Dack's been a revelation in his two-and-a-half years at Ewood Park, but following his dismissal at Swansea, which was a first red card of his Rovers career, the 25-year-old will sit out the contest at Ashton Gate.

That means an opportunity will knock for someone else as Mowbray is forced to shuffle his pack for the third game in the space of seven days.

But whoever does come in from the cold in the south-west will certainly have the backing of the manager.

“We have a few players who can play where Bradley Dack plays," Mowbray said ahead of the test with Lee Johnson's play-off chasing Robins.

“Whether they can do it as well as Bradley Dack does is a different question, but I think Rothwell can play the role, Brereton can do it, Holtby can do it.

“But who’s to say we are going to play that formation? The plan would be to make changes anyway with it being a third game in a week.

“It’s a Wednesday night to a Saturday afternoon and the recovery time is tight. We will make changes on Saturday and hopefully the lads that have been kicking their heels will be ready.

“Hopefully they’ve got something to show and hopefully we’ll get the benefits of that.

“It’s a results business and we can’t guarantee results, but I can guarantee hard work from the team and battling qualities.

“At the moment the players are finding a way to get results. We know our form at home has been generally pretty good and we found a way to win on the road last time at Stoke."

Rovers are unbeaten in their last five outings in the Championship, with four of those results being wins which have hauled the team up the table.

And although content with the good form, Mowbray adds that his side need to extend their run over the festive period.

“We’re doing okay, but it’s still really early in the season," he said.

“How is our season going to turn? If our five game run goes to 10 or 15 games, we’ll be in a really good place.

“But I’ve noticed some midweek results and there were four 1-1 draws from six games. It’s about turning those draws into wins.

“We’ll keep working hard for each other, pick the right teams and keep going."

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