@roversillitoe92 takes a look at what we can expect from our Checkatrade Trophy game tonight.
Rovers rounded off a superb week with a battling 1-0 win over Gillingham last weekend as the club turns its attention to the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.
A positive week at home for Mowbray’s men with two clean sheets and three goals to coincide with six points to push Rovers in to the top six. At the ten game mark, it’s six wins, one draw and three defeats, as the club turn a corner on their stuttering start.
League action takes a break for now though as Rovers participation in the Checkatrade Trophy continues. Bury are the visitors to Ewood Park who opened their campaign in disastrous style with a 0-4 defeat at the hands of rivals Rochdale.
Rovers, on the other hand, started in winning fashion beating Stoke’s U21’s 1-0 with a debut senior goal from Joe Nuttall. A win for Rovers would all but secure progression to the knockout stages of the reformed competition with Bury bowing out.
Manager Tony Mowbray has made it extremely clear that he wants to take this competition seriously having experienced positive journeys at his former clubs – playing a part in Coventry’s journey to Wembley last season.
The hosts will be without the international trio of Jason Leutwiler, Corry Evans and Charlie Mulgrew. There will be changes to the Rovers side but certainly not wholescale with the manager wanting progression.
Rovers should be keen to continue their momentum, particularly at home. It’s vital that the winning feeling continues from league competition to cup competition and talking of competition that could be a key feature on Tuesday night.
Opportunities could arise for a number of squad players under the Ewood lights. It’s important that these players take their opportunity when its handed to them, train hard and they could see themselves with more of an involvement in the near future.
Bury have started the season indifferently. On the pitch it’s been a mixture of results with them winning many games that will have been coupon busters. Beating Oxford last week and holding Charlton to a draw must be seen as great results.
Lee Clark has had problems controlling the dressing room by all accounts. He’s struggled to get along with a number of key players, so it’s fair to say team spirit isn’t at its strongest and its rumoured that Clark’s days are numbered as manager of Bury.
Rovers go in to the game strong favourites and rightly so. Their form has been excellent recently but complacency will see them slip up and needing something within their last group game.
Everyone knows what to expect from this competition, the reform hasn’t worked and there will be half empty grounds up and down the country this midweek. Ewood will be no different.
Saying that, it’s a competition the manager wants to be involved in and that’s something all supporters should respect. A win on Tuesday night would see progression in the competition and it will continue that winning feeling.
Enjoy the game.
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