Mowbray – A Tough Ask At Brighton

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Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has been looking ahead to the Rovers trip to Brighton on Saturday – a game of much importance to both clubs.

Mowbray’s first priority it to Blackburn but he’s praised the response from title chasing Brighton to missing out on automatic promotion on the final day of last season, which eventually saw Albion beaten in the play-offs.

He told the Official Website.

‘First and foremost they’ve done really well to bounce back from the huge disappointment of the last day of last season where they didn’t quite get there against Middlesbrough away. To rally themselves around to go again for another long season to be where they are has been a fantastic achievement for them.’

Continuing his praise Mowbray pointed to the fact Brighton, who added our former defender Shane Duffy to their squad earlier in the season, managing to retain most of their squad was also a great achievement.

Adding his Albion counterpart Chris Hughton had done ‘extraordinarily well.’

‘They managed to keep hold of their best players, the Knockaerts and the Dunks of this world that would have been coveted by other teams. They’ve done extraordinarily well, Chris Hughton has done extraordinarily well to keep them going and keep them at the top end of the table and neck and neck with Newcastle all year.’

With Brighton’s fans ‘sensing’ they’re close to securing Premier League promotion Mowbray also knows Blackburn will come up against an expectant Amex Stadium crowd – that could work in our favour though?

But went on to admit it’ll be a ‘big ask’ for Rovers tomorrow.

‘It is a big ask for us to go to Brighton, because it is not just the footballers on the pitch, the atmosphere that is created in that stadium that will be nearly full, they’ll be sensing that next hurdle they need to get over and that next hurdle is us, Rovers.’

Rounding off his pre-match views Mowbray said he’s looking for Blackburn to continue doing what we’ve done in the past seven games, which can hopefully see Rovers come away with something.

‘They have to try and get the three points and as the games tick away they eventually get there. So whilst they have done exceptionally well we have to make sure that, as we’ve shown over the last seven games, that we go and display at their stadium and hopefully try and get some points.’

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