Mowbray Looking to Play Football at Blackburn
By Rob Nichols
Friday 21 Sep 2012 14:55:00
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Boro boss Tony Mowbray is expecting another difficult game tonight. Well, you wouldn't get anything else from the in-form league leaders. Yet he believes that we may face a different form of threat than provided by the in your face Blackpool side on Tuesday. It could be a case of both teams being able to play a bit, rather than Boro being given no inch or quarter. Can we make possession count tonight? Or do we need to revert to a more tried and tested formula from last season's very productive away campaign. Should we sit back, surrender play and then look to hit strongly on the break. I put this to Boro boss Tony Mowbray yesterday.

Fly: Will it be a case of reverting to last season's game plan away at Blackburn?

TM: Well, there are two teams playing in every football match is what I would say and you can dictate how you are going to play. But before you kick off you are not sure how the opposition are going to approach the game. Are they going to want to play a counter attack game are they going to give you the possession and they going to let you come into their half and then use the speed of over the top. You can't really dictate sitting here on a Thursday before the Friday game of how the game is going to pan out.

We will try and play, some teams allow you to play, some teams don't allow you to play and vice versa for us. Are we going to play a high pressing game or are we going to sit deep. Last year with the players we had invariably away from home we sat away from the ball and let them come onto us a bit. Football is about quality footballers but also you have to have a tactical acceptance of how football is played. Sometimes that is not very obvious to the spectators, to the layman who watches the game and just sees the result at the end. And whether you played well or badly. But generally there is a reason why you might have scored some goals or why you might have lost some goals. But I would say the other night, Blackpool played a very high, intense pressing game as well and didn't really allow us to get into our fluency.

Whether Blackburn are going to do that, I think they have got different types of players. I'm not sure that Danny Murphy is the high energy centre midfield player, pressing all over the pitch I think he likes to play with the ball. So, they might not be as on the front foot out of possession but with the ball they will obviously be pretty good as well. So, we might be able to play, they might be able to play. We will see how the game unfolds.

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