Blackburn boss warns his side not to be bullied by Millwall

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Tony Mowbray has told his Blackburn Rovers players not to be “bullied” at The Den tomorrow evening.

The Lancashire club, promoted automatically from League One last season, are six points ahead of their weekend hosts.

The Lions are on a four-match unbeaten run and have only lost once in SE16 – to Birmingham City – since the start of October.

Mowbray, pictured above, said: “Millwall have been in good form at home, and can beat anyone.

“If you’re not right at it against Millwall then you can get bullied.

“We need to prepare properly for a tough trip to London and try and get a result and we’ll have two home games on the back of that, as well as the replay, and it would be great to win away before that.

Blackburn Rovers’ Bradley Dack

“After that let’s see where we are and if we can get back into contact with the top six.”

One statistic that will be encouraging to Millwall is that Rovers have conceded 18 goals in their last seven away matches and are two months without a clean sheet.

Chelsea have recalled Kasey Palmer, 22, from his loan spell with Blackburn.

The Lewisham-born midfielder, who moved from Charlton to the west London club in 2013, started 10 of Blackburn’s 26 league games. Palmer has now joined Bristol City on loan.
Rovers have doubts over Charlie Mulgrew and Harrison Reed, who were both nursing knocks earlier in the week.
Jack Rodwell has been missing with a groin problem.

Defender Ryan Nyambe (hamstring) was back on the bench for last weekend’s 1-1 FA Cup draw at Newcastle United.

Rovers number 10 Bradley Dack has netted in his last two games and now has 13 for the campaign.
Their front three of Dack, Mulgrew and Danny Graham got 49 of their goals in the last campaign and already have 30 this time around.

Mulgrew is a threat from free-kicks and has even scored twice direct from corner kicks since their promotion.
Graham recently triggered a clause in his contract extending his Blackburn stay – he has started 20 of their 26 matches.