Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has taken a rare look at the Championship table, and was left surprised by how tight the table is this season.
Blackburn Rovers fans along with Tony Mowbray will be encouraged by their side’s start to the Championship season, as well as pleasantly surprised by Rovers’ impressive start to life back in the Championship.
However, Mowbray was more surprised by just how tight the league is, and expected a couple of teams to have started to stretch away from the chasing pack at the top end of the table.
“I don’t generally look at the league but I did yesterday morning and saw that no team is accruing two points a game which is quite amazing because normally you have one or two teams with more than that,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“Anyone can beat anyone in this division, so that’s why we have to keep our feet firmly on the ground.
“We have our next two games against teams who were in the Premier League last season with some really talented players and deep squads so we have to keep testing ourselves and if we do lose football matches then we know we have given everything on the night. Teams will have to earn it and beat us.”
Mowbray went on to discuss his side’s League position after 13 games of the Championship season, but remains wary that they can’t get carried away.
“We’re just in the middle of a group of teams who can all beat each other and it’s very hard to predict who can win the games.
“You’d have to look at how many points we’re off the bottom as well. We could lose our two games this week and be in the bottom half. The league is really tight from top to bottom.
“There’s no-one getting tailed off at one end and there’s no-one running away with it at the top.”
The 54-year-old also reflected on Rovers’ first 13 games of the season:
“It’s a start. You only have to look at last season, Millwall were down there at the start and then seven or eight wins around Christmas pushed them towards the top six. It can work the other way of course.
“For us we have given ourselves a platform. The plan is to work hard in every game and see how this season goes and try and consolidate. I don’t think we need to have any other ambition than being competitive in every game.”
Rovers could climb into the Play-Off places if they beat recently relegated Swansea City tonight – who currently sit in 15th place in the Championship table.