‘We’ll make it as difficult as we can for them’ – Rovers hoping to ruin City’s promotion party
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Former Ipswich Town defender Tony Mowbray is aiming to spoil the Carrow Road party when his in-form Blackburn team take on leaders Norwich City on Saturday night.
The Canaries need one point to secure a return to the Premier League after four consecutive draws but Rovers have won their last four.
City beat Blackburn 1-0 at Ewood Park just before Christmas thanks to a late goal from Teemu Pukki and with the play-offs now out of reach Mowbray wants his team to relish trying to cause an upset.
“It’s a game we should really look forward to, against a really good side,” the Blackburn boss said. “I watched the video back from when we played against them at Ewood and it was a very feisty affair against a good team who kept the ball well.
“Yet we had some good chances to score and it took them until the 87th minute to find a way past us.
“We’re looking forward to it. There’s a lot on it for Norwich and they will be hoping to get promoted and finish top of the division. We’ll make it as difficult as we can for them and look to get the result.”
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Mowbray made 157 appearances for Ipswich between 1995 and 2001, with the former defender on the scoresheet as Town beat Barnsley 4-2 in the play-off final in 2000 to secure promotion to the top flight and also had a brief stint as caretaker manager.
He faces a City side who know victory will not only seal promotion but leave them on the brink of winning the title.
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Speaking to Rovers’ website, Mowbray continued: “They play good, attractive football and have a balance of players who have come through the academy and foreign players. The manager’s created a brand of football that works for them and the players have embraced it.
“They have a centre-forward who seems to come in and score every week, and they have games where they grind out a result, but there have also been games where they’ve been too good for the opposition.
“They have athletic full-backs who are 18 or 19, who play really high and wide. They have lots of good technical players. It’s a test for us, but one we’re looking forward to.”