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Match Preview | Blackburn Rovers (A)

All the info you need ahead of tomorrow's 3pm kick-off...

29 January 2021

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The Hatters return to Sky Bet Championship action looking to get back to winning ways against Blackburn Rovers.

Town are unbeaten in their last three matches against Rovers, but Tony Mowbray’s side come into the game in good form, having lost just one of their last five league matches.

 

Nathan Jones said:

(You can watch the full version of Nathan's press conference by clicking here)

On Adam Armstrong: “We tried to get him here in the early days, but he went elsewhere. I really like him. He’s one of the better ones and there are some really good strikers in the Championship, all different. He’s one that’s a bit diminutive, but pace, movement and can finish."

On Blackburn’s quality: “Harvey Elliot has done fantastically well. He’s still young, still developing and has gone to a good club that will have furthered his development, but they’re good players. 

“It’s a tough, tough game and they’ve been the Championship level for a number of years with the same manager, same group. They’ve added to the group and spent on front players so it’s a tough game, but they’re all tough games.”

 

Who?

Blackburn famously won the Premier League in 1995, which ended their 81-year run without an English league title, after pipping Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United by one point.

 

The Manager – Tony Mowbray

Tony Mowbray accumulated over 500 appearances as a senior professional, turning out for Middlesbrough, Celtic and Ipswich Town, before moving to management in 2002.

His managerial role came in 2004 with Hibernian. After two years in Scotland, Mowbray was appointed as West Brom manager – whom he helped guide to the Premier League and an FA Cup semi-final.

Celtic followed his time at the Hawthorns in 2009 but he was sacked after less than a year, later joining Middlesbrough afterwards.

Since moving to Ewood Park in 2017, Mowbray has overseen promotion to the Championship, and respective 15th and 11th place finishes.

 

Main threat – Adam Armstrong

Adam Armstrong amassed 17 goals for Blackburn last season and has already matched that total in 27 matches this time around.

He spent up until 2018 at St James’ Park although for the most part, he was out on loan. After impressing at Coventry City, he later joined Barnsley, Bolton Wanderers and then Rovers.

Armstrong had plenty of pedigree as a young player, representing England at every youth level.

 

When and where? 

Kick-off is 3pm at Ewood Park on Saturday 30 January.

 

Man in the middle?

The referee for Saturday’s game is Jeremy Simpson – who last took charge of the Hatters during the 3-0 win against Preston North End.

 

Played before?

The two sides last met in November and contested a 1-1 draw. You can watch highlights from that match down below.

 

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