Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has told the Lancashire Telegraph that he will not put any weighted expectation on the shoulders of his players over potentially finishing in the top six this season.
Rovers have started the campaign in brilliant fashion under Mowbray in the Sky Bet Championship and currently find themselves in the top six places after eight games played.
As a result of their fine form, Blackburn have only lost once in the league and have racked up an impressive 13 points already, with some people even suggesting that they could be dark horses for promotion if they can maintain their current trajectory.
However Mowbray has moved to calm expectations at Ewood Park as he stated the following recently:
“We fell down that hole last season talking about trying to get into the top six, let’s just play the next game.
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“We have the second youngest squad in the league, after Barnsley, and like they did last year, we have a young, athletic team. Who knows where we can go?”
Rovers drew 0-0 away at Barnsley on Saturday and once again underlined their ability to remain solid when they are up against sides who like to dominate possession of the ball.
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Blackburn are now preparing for their next league game, which comes on Saturday against Cardiff City at home.
Rovers have certainly started the campaign really well but the challenge now will be to maintain consistency in their results moving forwards.
As Mowbray quite rightly points out, they are a very young team, so there will inevitably be question marks over whether they can manage games properly further down the line.
If they want to ensure that their season doesn’t fade away during the home straight as it did in the previous campaign, they must look to pick up more points away from home and continue to make Ewood Park a fortress.
If they can do both of those things well, they will no doubt be viewed as genuine contenders for a top six finish.