Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has said that his side will have to be at their best to get the better of Sheffield United’s “unique” style on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the season, Sheffield United beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0, the first loss in 14 months at Ewood Park. Chris Wilder’s side host Rovers on Saturday afternoon, looking to build on Boxing Day’s 3-1 victory over fellow Championship Play-Off contenders Derby County.

Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has admitted it has been difficult to prepare for their upcoming game against Sheffield United, with just two days to prepare for the clash against Wilder’s side.

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Mowbray spoke to the Lancashire Telegraph to discuss his side’s preparations for the Blades clash, and his disappointment at Boxing Day’s dramatic 3-2 defeat to Leeds United.

“Sheffield United, everyone talks about their unique style of three at the back and their overlapping centre halves,” Mowbray said.

“The difficulty is that we don’t really have the time to prepare. I think they are probably the best team we’ve played so far this season.

“To go to their ground we’ll have to do some work on the organisation, ideally on the grass, working with the players and try and solve some problems.

“It’s the same for them, they will have only had two days preparation as we have. We should look forward to it, and then we have West Brom who could be in the top two by then.

“Let’s keep rolling on, trying to drive the team forward and we have to take these type of games on the chin and be proud of the performance we put in.”

Mowbray went on to discuss Boxing Day’s result against Leeds United.

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“You can’t take the last four minutes out of it, but the fans will have been proud of the effort and drive of the team.

“Things like the last four minutes, there are lessons to learn. The frustration is that we have a team with experienced players in it, if we had a team full of kids then I would throw that at them, but we have some experienced players who didn’t manage the game out.

“Each game is a test, and we have 22 more tests and there will be good days and bad days, but we just have to enjoy the experience.

“It’s not easy talking about too much positivity, but I will look at the togetherness of the team and the problems they caused Leeds.”


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