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Mowbray: There's nothing to fear

The boss says Rovers will head to Elland Road in confident mood following the weekend win over Sheffield Wednesday

7 November 2019

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Tony Mowbray insists Rovers will head to Elland Road with no fear when his side take on Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.

Rovers have been buoyed by the dramatic late victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park on Saturday and will be keen to make it a Yorkshire double this weekend.

Mowbray's men defeated Marcelo Bielsa's side on home turf last season, before suffering heartbreak at the death on our last visit to Elland Road.

“Leeds are top of the table, they’re a very high energy team, they’re determined," the boss told iFollow Rovers ahead of the journey across the Pennines.

"They have pressure on them at home and away, playing in front of 30,000 supporters at Elland Road.

“It’s always a difficult job, as we found out there last year, losing in the last few minutes.

“We know we can go there, compete and create chances ourselves, so let’s give it our best shot, be positive and see if we can cause them some problems.

“There’s nothing to fear. They’re a good, athletic team who are positive and do that exceptionally well. They’re well coached by Bielsa, who’s managed at World Cups.

“They have good players and a huge fanbase. Put that all together and you’ve got a chance. But we’ll throw punches back and see if we can give them a bloody nose."

United have started the campaign as they began 2018-19, and sit in third place - two points of the summit - coming into this weekend's clash.

“They have the same ambition as last season and they’re league position suggests that they’re not far away from the team they were last term," Mowbray added.

“They have the same way of playing despite losing the likes of Jansson and Roofe to Brentford and Anderlecht, respectively.

“It’s a big challenge for us but it’s one that we’re all really looking forward to.

“There’s no Manchester Citys of Liverpools in this league, so we’ll go there and hopefully come out the right side of what I expect to be a tight match."

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