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Tony Mowbray faces these Blackburn Rovers dilemmas ahead of today’s 3pm kick-off v Forest

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Blackburn Rovers will be desperately looking to return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon, as they travel to The City Ground to face Nottingham Forest.

Three consecutive defeats going into this one have badly damaged the play-off hopes of Tony Mowbray’s side, and they will need to bounce back quickly if they are to have any hope of breaking into the top six this season.

Forest meanwhile, go into the game off the back of an impressive performance in defeat to promotion chasing Swansea in midweek, having been unbeaten in their last four games prior to that.

So what are the big issues that Mowbray and his Rovers side are going to have to deal with going into this game?

Here, we’ve taken a look at two dilemmas the Blackburn manager is going to have to find a way to work around this afternoon.

Building pressure

With those three straight defeats, Rovers’ play-off hopes have been dealt a heavy blow, and that is something that Mowbray will know he needs to turn around quickly.

This theme of enduring a poor run whenever they get close to the play-offs is nothing new for Rovers under Mowbray, with this having become a recurring theme for them under him in the Championship.

That is something he may well know he is going to have to turnaround quickly, or else the cries of frustration aimed at him personally from the club’s fanbase, are surely only going to get louder.

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Does he used Ryan Nyambe?

Eyebrows were raised when Mowbray left Ryan Nyambe out of the matchday squad for Wednesday night’s defeat at Barnsley, and even more so when the Rovers boss revealed that absence was not down to injury.

Nyambe has been one of Blackburn’s most consistent and reliable performers this season, so to leave him out for non-injury related reasons will be a concern, not least with his contract set to expire at the end of this season.

Mowbray therefore, must now decide how – if at all – to re-introduce Nyambe to the side following the publicity that the right-back’s situation has been given recently, and that is a distraction he well prefer to be without, as he looks to balance getting the best out of his side, with the contract negotiations that will decide whether or not the club retain one of their biggest assets.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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