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We'll need to match them in every area

Boss up for the battle against the Lions on Saturday at The Den

10 January 2019

Tony Mowbray has warned his side to expect a hostile atmosphere when he and his side head to Millwall on Saturday teatime.

The clash against the Lions is one that the boss knows will be a difficult challenge for his side, who have started 2019 well.

The hosts will come into the game in fine form themselves though, having won their last four games in all competitions.

“Any time you go to Millwall it's tough," the boss began when previewing the game to iFollow Rovers.

"They create an environment there, despite the stadium never being full. The noise they make there is uplifting.

“Without stereotyping Millwall, they aren’t too different to what you expect. They put balls in the box, into the strikers and you need to match them on a physical level.

“It's a game we should look forward to. I've spoken about our tough run and Millwall will be another one.

“If we have aspirations of getting into the top half of the division then we will need to go down there and get the points."

The first game against Neil Harris' side at Ewood Park ended 0-0, and Mowbray is expecting another tight encounter against the Lions this time around, too.

“There's not been any easy game so far this season, we've worked hard for every point," the manager added.

“That'll be the same on Saturday, and when I think back to the game between us at Ewood, I remember they hit the post twice in the first half, we were pretty dominant in the second half and it ended 0-0.

“The start of the game they were really on the front foot. I expect the same on Saturday, but let's hope we play like we did in that second half, and ask questions of them."


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