Date: 9th August 2016 at 2:21pm
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Owen Coyle has said that he’ll be taking a strong squad to Field Mill to take on Mansfield Town in the first round of the League Cup tonight.

Having lost heavily to Norwich City in the Championship opener last weekend, Coyle explained to the Rovers.co.uk that clearly it was an opportunity for the players to bounce back from that disappointment and give the fans something cheer about.

With Elliott Ward rolling his ankle and missing out on this one, Elliott Bennett having a tight hamstring and Corry Evans being a doubt with a groin strain, it could also see season debuts for Craig Conway and Stephen Hendrie.

‘I think it is fair to say that there will be one or two that we will bring in tomorrow that need to catch up with their match fitness and match sharpness. Craig Conway being one, Stephen Hendrie possibly as well because he missed a bit of the pre-season. But within that, because of the numbers that we have, there won’t be too many changes in terms of strength from what I believe will be a strong team.’

Coyle went on to say.

‘We think we’ve got some very good players, we didn’t enjoy the weekend, but now it gives us a chance to get us up and running. To win a tough cup tie and get ourselves ready for another important league game on Saturday. Elliott Ward and Elliott Bennett both had injures from Saturday so they’ll miss out tomorrow night. They are just ongoing, ones that we’ll have to assess on a daily basis. Elliott Ward injured his ankle at the outset of the game, whilst Elliott Bennett felt his hamstring getting tighter as the first half went on. With Corry it is a bit of frustration as I think he played through the Euros with the ongoing niggle. He had an injection last week to help it settle down and get him back because he’s a very good player who can play a big part for us. We aren’t particularly blessed by great numbers so we have to make sure that we take care of them when they pick up those little knocks and try and get them back as quickly as we can.’

Coyle also went on to say how Blackburn’s attitude for the game would have to be spot on because Mansfield will be looking for our scalp.

‘Every cup tie you play in has the hallmarks of a tricky cup tie. When all is said and done it is an important cup-tie because every game, regardless who you play, whether you are home or away, or regardless of what competition, it is a tough game. I’ve always loved cup competitions as a player and as a manger, and it gives us an opportunity to go and win a tough game at Mansfield who did very well at the weekend away at Newport.’

Adding.

‘They scored late on to win that game so they’ll be feeling good about themselves, have a good confidence about them, and it will be a good atmosphere with them being at home. So I think it is a great game for us to go and look to win and to get a cup run going in conjunction with the league form. So of course people will look and see that Mansfield have won well at the weekend away from home, Blackburn Rovers are a big scalp, they’ll be up for the game, and so they should be. So we have to make sure that our attitude is spot on, our work rate, and we bring our quality then we know we can go and win the game. But it will be a tough game as they all are.’

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