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Tony Mowbray has made it clear he would like to add players to the Blackburn squad before the transfer deadline this evening but if he can’t the boss has confidence in those coming through.

Rovers’ opening game in the Checkatrade Trophy was won on Tuesday as Joe Nuttall, making his senior debut, came off the substitutes’ bench to score the winner.

Mowbray also handed debuts to Andy Fisher, Lewis Travis and Matty Platt. Meanwhile, Willem Tomlinson and Jack Doyle were handed first start by the boss.

He’s pleased with the talent coming through and thinks this should serve Blackburn well in the future.

‘I think we’ve got some talent. The Under-23s are showing that in their league programme so far as well, they need the opportunity, that is obviously it. When we are in a position where we have to try and win every game if we can, the pressure, the expectation of trying to win, it is difficult sometimes to go to the younger players to try and get a victory,’ Mowbray told the Official Website.

Obviously, Mowbray wanted to protect the first team regulars at Ewood Park on Tuesday but the opportunity to blood these youngsters also gives them the football needed to help their development.

It also shows the confidence he has in them and, if Mowbray can’t get the bodies in he’s looking to, could lead to further involvement as the season unfolds.

Mowbray added: ‘And yet, once the window shuts in the next few days, we might have to if we pick up injuries as we go along and go to them. That is why you try to blood a few in games like tonight so that you know you can actually trust them when you need them.’

Meanwhile, one of those we continue to be linked with, Ben Heneghan, doesn’t seem any closer to a switch to Blackburn?

According to Sky Sports Rovers’ initial bid for the Motherwell defender, reportedly £250,000, has been turned down by the Scottish Premiership side.

The clubs ‘remain in discussions’ but with Well thought to be looking for around £500,000 it could put Heneghan, 23, who has also been linked with Championship clubs Sunderland and QPR along with Rangers, out of reach?

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