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Swans will be seeking a response

Tony Mowbray is expecting a reaction from Wednesday night's opponents following their weekend defeat at West Bromwich Albion

10 December 2019

Tony Mowbray expects Steve Cooper's Swansea City side to be something of a wounded animal when Rovers head to Wales on Wednesday night.

Following an impressive start to life under Cooper at the beginning of the season, Swansea are without a win in their last five outings and have slipped out of the play-off places in recent weeks.

The latest loss came on Saturday, with table-topping West Bromwich Albion clipping the Swans' wings with a huge 5-1 triumph at The Hawthorns.

It's stark contrast to Rovers' form, with Mowbray's men shooting to within a couple of points off the top six following four successive Championship victories.

“Any away game in this division is a challenge," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers when sitting down for his press conference ahead of the game.

"We have to get the mentality right, be positive and also have to be aware of the qualities of the opposition.

“I think Swansea will be hurting after getting beat 5-1 at West Brom, and yet they’ve been in the top six for the majority of the season.

“I did hear their manager say that they have two home games to come and they have to target points. We’re the first game for them.

“We’re going there on the back of a good run, full of confidence, and will go there to try and make life difficult for them."

Having had a disappointing record on the road, Rovers will have been boosted by trumping Stoke City the last time they were on their travels.

And Mowbray added that a repeat result will be just the tonic to keep up his side's run and make it five wins on the spin.

“We’ll see if we can do what we did at Stoke where we carried a threat and came away with the points," he said.

“Every game is difficult in this league, and whilst I say going to Swansea and then Bristol City is difficult for us, it’s also difficult for them.

“We expect to come up against a team that’s hurting from the weekend. They’re brave with the ball, move it around the pitch.

“But we’re in a good state of mind at the moment so we’ll go there looking to get the points.”


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