Tony Mowbray explains how he plans to beat Leeds in Blackburn clash

Tony Mowbray the head coach

Blackburn Rovers will travel to Elland Road on Saturday with three Championship points on the line at Elland Road.

Tony Mowbray the head coach

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has admitted that he plans to hit Leeds United on the counter attack during Saturday’s Championship clash at Elland Road, while speaking to LancsLive.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side produced arguably their most complete performance of the entire season at home to Queens Park Rangers last time out. Goals from Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison sealed a 2-0 win, while Liam Cooper and Ben White were at their unbeatable best at the back to keep the dangerous Jordan Hugill and Nahki Wells off the score sheet.

QPR boss Mark Warburton was perhaps made to pay for trying to beat Leeds at their own, possession-heavy game, but the more pragmatic Mowbray isn’t about to make the same mistake with his Blackburn side stuck in mid-table.


“If we can break with the pace of (Sam) Gallagher and (Adam) Armstrong it could be an interesting day. (Leeds) are top of the division in possession, they get it forward and press extremely hard,” said the former Middlesbrough boss, who also found the time to pay tribute to the remarkable job Bielsa has done in West Yorkshire.

“He’s managed top class teams so we have to be respectful of a world class coach. We should go and enjoy the atmosphere and show that we can compete.”

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United poses for a photo with fans prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on November 02, 2019...

Mowbray’s comments suggest that Blackburn plan to sit deep, soak up the pressure and then hit Leeds fast through target man Gallagher and the jet-heeled Armstrong.

Nottingham Forest, Swansea City and Derby County all grabbed shock results at Elland Road this season by employing a more defensive approach and while Blackburn won’t ‘park the bus’, they’re certainly not going to slam down on the accelerator right from the beginning.

Sam Gallagher, Adam Armstrong  during a Blackburn Rovers training session at the Senior Training Centre on October 29, 2019 in Blackburn, England.

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