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Preview: Blackburn Rovers away

Posted: Sun 16 Apr 2017
Author: Adam Baker
Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers

All you need to know about tomorrow's opponents.

BLACKBURN ROVERS

A run of seven matches without a win from early March has dragged Blackburn deep into the mire, although they were given hope on Easter Monday thanks to Tommy Hoban’s solitary goal to claim all three points at Nottingham Forest. That completed a double over Forest, a feat Blackburn had only managed twice previously this season – remarkably over Derby County and Premier League-bound Newcastle (1-0 wins home and away). After tomorrow’s game, Blackburn face away trips to Wolves and Brentford, with a home clash against Aston Villa sandwiched in between.

MANAGER

Tony Mowbray had a brief spell as Ipswich Town’s interim manager in 2002, but it took two more years for him to start life full time in management at Hibernian. He returned to English football with West Bromwich Albion in 2006, where he enjoyed a three-year spell. A Championship title win in 2007/08 - the same season City reached the play-off final – prompted interest from north of the border once more, this time his former club Celtic. In 2009 Mowbray took over at the Parkhead helm, but his stay only lasted nine months. Mowbray took charge of Middlesbrough next – losing his first game in charge against Bristol City at the Riverside in 2010. This season Mowbray started the campaign at Coventry City, but left in September. With Blackburn hurtling towards League One, they turned to Mowbray to give them hope from February onwards.

OFFICIALS

Michael Jones will be in charge of the match, assisted by Mark Scholes and Andrew Garratt. Stuart Attwell has been named as the fourth official.

TICKETS

City fans will be able to pay on the day from the away ticket office, from 1pm. More than 850 tickets have been purchased in advance. 

LAST TIME OUT

Bristol City 1-0 Blackburn Rovers. October 22nd 2016. Aaron Wilbraham left it late to fire City to victory. The big striker drilled in an 88th-minute to seal all three points for the home team, who had the better share of the chances in the game. City said farewell to club legend Gerry Gow on the same day.

LAST SEASON

Sky Bet Championship: 15th
FA Cup: Fifth Round (Lost to West Ham United)
EFL Cup: First Round (Lost to Shrewsbury Town)

DID YOU KNOW?

Rovers used four other venues before settling on their home at Ewood Park in 1890. Oozehead Ground, Pleasington Cricket Ground, Alexandra Meadows and Leamington Road all hosted matches involving Rovers.

ODDS

Sky Bet has installed Blackburn as very narrow favourites at 7/5, with City priced 9/5. The draw is 23/10.