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Let them worry about us

Tony Mowbray has been looking ahead to this weekend's home clash against Barnsley

21 November 2019

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Tony Mowbray has challenged his Rovers side to impose themselves on Barnsley in Gerhard Struber's first game in charge of The Tykes.

The Austrian chief left Wolfsberger AC in his homeland to take over the reigns at Oakwell, being appointed on Thursday morning to be the man to succeed Daniel Stendel, who departed last month.

It's been a long wait for both sides following a two week international break without a game, with Rovers looking to get back on track following their defeat at Leeds United, whilst Barnsley suffered a 4-2 home reverse to Stoke City.

And the boss says the focus whould be on what his side can do to hurt The Tykes, who sit bottom of the table and without a win in their last 15 league outings.

“We have to push on, we have a home game, and genuinely I always feel we’ll win at home," he told iFollow Rovers ahead of the game at Ewood Park.

“This has got to be a spell where we pick up points and get ourselves going.

“I think you have to be careful that you don’t look to far ahead of yourselves. You win the first game and take each one as it comes, as the old adage goes.

“We’re fully aware and know how tough it is to win football matches in this league. It’s so competitive and so tight. Since the opening day against Fulham, Barnsley haven’t won a football match.

“Barnsley have talent, they’re an enthusiastic team who play on the front foot.

“They’re full of energy, play with a purpose, but they’re being caught on transition really. They will feel that their performance levels deserve more points.

“They have a new coach in and it’ll be interesting to see what difference he makes in two days," he added.

“But the team will be full of energy and adrenaline in a bid to impress him.

“We’ve spoken today about playing out way and let them worry about us. We need to be mindful of their strengths and weaknesses, but we’ll go to impose ourselves on Barnsley."

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