Stats show Danny Guthrie thriving as Tony Mowbray rings Blackburn Rovers changes

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray celebrates after the game

The midfielder's number of passes and touches per game have increased massively since the new manager took over at Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray celebrates after the game

Talk about a new manager bounce.

Tony Mowbray, fresh from departing Coventry City at the bottom of the League One table (although the blame lies squarely at the door of the owners rather than the coach), the 53-year-old appeared far from an inspired appointment at Blackburn Rovers – especially with the club at serious risk of falling into the third tier for the first time since 1979.

Yet, in the three games since Mowbray replaced the derided Owen Coyle at Ewood Park, Blackburn have won two and drawn one, leaping out of the drop zone for the first time since mid-December.

And though it’s far too early to get carried away and proclaim this a ‘great escape’ Sunderland could only dream of, the signs of progress justify reason for optimism.

Midfielder Danny Guthrie, in particular, should thrive under Mowbray’s more expansive, passing philosophy – and he admits as much himself.

“The manager wants us to play with the ball and probably my biggest strength is getting on the ball and getting the team playing,” the 29-year-old, who has started each of Mowbray’s three games, told the Lancashire Telegraph.

Derby County's Julien De Sart and Blackburn Rovers Danny Guthrie in action

“But I’m also learning new things about the shape the gaffer wants us to get in and I’m enjoying working hard to try and stop the opposition playing on the transition.”

The stats speak for themselves. Guthrie, who has not performed anywhere near his best this season, is already taking on a more central role under Mowbray with his accurate passes per game increasing by 14 and his touches of the ball massively improved.

  Total Passes per gameAccurate Passes per gameTouches per gameAppearances
Danny Guthrie (before Mowbray) 40.33 33.92 47.92 12
  Total Passes per gameAccurate Passes per gameTouches per gameAppearances
Danny Guthrie (after Mowbray) 56.33 47.33 63.33 3

Blackburn Rovers' Danny Guthrie in action with Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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