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Mowbray tempted to unleash his 'caged tigers'

Will the same starting XI be selected for a fourth successive game or will Tony Mowbray shuffle his pack?

11 December 2019

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Despite winning each of the last four games, with the last three victories coming thanks to the same starting XI, Tony Mowbray says he does face a selection dilemma for tonight's clash with Swansea City

Mowbray's selected the same starting team to go into battle and come out of the fight with a trio of triumphs in the last three games.

Brentford, Stoke City and Derby County have been confidently swept aside in a run that has seen Rovers shoot up the table and move to within two points of the top six going into this evening's encounter.

And ahead of the clash with Steve Cooper's play-off chasers, the boss says he's weighing up whether to tinker with his team or add fresh legs to his lineup.

“The temptation is to leave the team alone and see if we can keep winning, but somewhere down the line that can’t be the case," he revealed to iFollow Rovers.

“You can’t keep sending them out to keep going. It's another three-game week and it’s really tough because of the demands we put on the players.

“We’re not a team that totally dominates the ball and just stands in one position not running. We’re on the front foot and it’s a very physically demanding game that we’re asking them to play.

“And that becomes difficult for certain players because it’s not the most natural part of their game. We have to look at the team and get the balance right.

“It’s because of the nature of the Championship and the different teams you play.

“You want to keep the same team and the same spirit, but somewhere down the line it’ll be one game too many for them and they’ll look a bit lethargic and weary," he added.

“You have hungry, fresh players desperate to start a football match. They’re like caged tigers wanting to get stuck in and win every challenge for us.

“That’s the balance that we need to strike and we’ll assess today [Tuesday] ahead of picking a team that we feel can go to Swansea and get a result."

Will there be one more battle for the same XI or will there be fresh faces in the starting team? Find out at 6pm.


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