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What we learnt: Robbie's Rovers presser

Boss Robbie Neilson looks ahead to his side's trip to Ewood Park...

25 August 2017

Robbie Neilson always does his homework and he took the opportunity to watch Saturday’s opponents first-hand in midweek.

Neilson made the journey to Ewood Park on Wednesday for Blackburn Rovers’ Carabao Cup tie with rivals Burnley, who won 2-0 to progress to round three.

“We went up to watch the game and it was good to see,” said the 37-year-old. “They made a few changes to their striking department and then towards the end brought most of them on.

“They're a strong team, very experienced with a good squad. We know it'll be tough, but it's a good environment to play, with a good pitch and stadium - we're looking forward to going up there.”

Here's what else we learnt from Neilson's post-match press conference...

Pitting his wits against Tony Mowbray
"Tony is a good guy and he's worked with Neil MacFarlane. We know what to expect - Tony plays a certain brand of football, it's very entertaining and I'm sure they'll try to do that on Saturday." 

Agard to be assessed
"We pulled him out of training on Wednesday as a precaution and we will assess him today (Thursday) to see if he'll be ready for Saturday. We managed to catch it in time - it's just a little niggle so there's no point taking any risks.”"

Managing Pawlett
"With Peter, the issue at the moment is having to play Saturday-Tuesday. We're having to play a lot of games in this period - I think it's 15 games in the first two months and some players just physically can't play that, so we have to make sure we're careful with some of them.

"Peter is one of those guys, because we don't want to overload him. We signed him very early so he came in under the radar a bit and he missed a chunk of pre-season, but he is proven quality and he will show that throughout the season."

Sow showing maturity
"It will be four or five games until he's really at it but you can already see his quality - his pace and ability. He was over in China and the Emirates and the pace there is very, very low so it will take him a bit of time to get up to the pace of it.

"I've seen a big change in him in training already, in the 18 months we've been apart. He left and was a great boy but he looked after himself really. Now he's come back and he's more of a team player, more a leader of the team as well."

Chuks continues to progress well
"He's doing great and I'm really pleased for him. We've got a couple of U23 games coming up at the start of the month we hope he will be able to play in, then we can build him up slowly from there. All is good at the moment for him.

"The end of September is still the target for him - we'll bring him in gradually to the first team after a few of those U23 games."

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Tickets for Saturday's clash with Blackburn Roves are priced at £22 adults, £15 seniors/under-22s, £7 under-18s and £5 under-12s, when bought in advance of matchday from the Club.

Travel, meanwhile, is available at £28 adults and £27 over-65s/under-18s. Season Ticket holders and members are entitled to a £1 discount on away travel.

To book tickets and travel click here, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 0333 200 5343. Tickets will be available from the Club until 5pm on Friday.


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