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BLACKBURN v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

22 February 2015

Essential reading on the Canaries' next opponents

BLACKBURN ROVERS

Nickname: Rovers
Manager: Gary Bowyer
2013/14: 8th
Ground: Ewood Park
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 227 miles (4 hours 18 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Blackburn had to settle for a point at the weekend after being held by basement club Blackpool at Ewood Park.

It was their second draw in succession and leaves them 12 points off the play-off positions, making a charge for the top six look unlikely.

However, they have progressed impressively in this season's FA Cup, and face a quarter-final meeting with Liverpool at Anfield in March.

Rovers boast the better head-to-head record between the two teams with 19 victories to City's 10, with the Canaries' last win at Ewood Park coming in 1993.


City clinched a late 3-1 win when the two teams met at Carrow Road back in August, thanks in part to a brace from striker Lewis Grabban. Read the Match Report from that game HERE.

They have one former Norwich City player in their current squad, with striker Chris Brown spending just short of a year with the Canaries after signing from Sunderland in 2007.

Rovers have won the top division three times and the FA Cup on six occasions in their 140-year history, with their most recent domestic success coming when they lifted the 2002 League Cup.

THE BOSS
Gary Bowyer may not be a household name in football management, but his pedigree is well-known to supporters of Blackburn Rovers.

The 43-year-old has held the roles of Under-18s manager, head of Academy coaching, reserve team manager and caretaker manager, all before being appointed permanent boss at Ewood Park in May 2013.

His impact on a Club that made headlines for all the wrong reasons during their ignominious relegation from the Premier League in 2012 has been significant, with his leadership inspiring Rovers to an 8th-place finish in the Championship last term.


The son of former Nottingham Forest midfielder Ian Bowyer, Gary played professionally for Hereford United and Rotherham United.

He moved into coaching with Derby County at the end of his playing career, ahead of joining Rovers' coaching set-up in 2004.

Since taking the managerial reigns at Blackburn, Bowyer has achieved a win percentage of just over 35 per cent from 53 matches.


THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Paul Robinson, Simon Eastwood, Jason Steele.

Defenders: Adam Henley, Tommy Spurr, Matthew Kilgallon, Grant Hanley (c), Alex Baptise, Yann Songo'o, Shane Duffy, Hugo Fernandez.

Midfielders: Jay Spearing, Jason Lowe, David Dunn, Tom Cairney, Ben Marshall, Marcus Olsson, Lee Williamson, Chris Taylor, Corry Evans, Connor Mahoney, Craig Conway, Paulo Jorge, Robbie Cotton.

Forwards: Joshua King, Chris Brown, Jordan Rhodes, Devarn Green, Dean Rittenberg, Rudy Gestede, Anton Forrester.

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