`They can look vulnerable’ – Blackburn boss reckons he’s spotted this weakness in Stoke City



Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray reckons he’s detected a weak spot in Stoke City ahead of their clash at Ewood tomorrow night.

Mowbray has been swotting up on Stoke and believes he has nailed their strengths and weaknesses.

Mowbray, whose West Brom teams used to routinely play Stoke off the park before getting beat, says: “I think I know what Stoke are about, I’ve studied them a lot these last few days.

“They have some very talented individuals that are allowing them to win some football matches. They can look very dominant on the front foot with high quality players making the right decisions on the ball.

“Yet they can look vulnerable when you’re attacking them.

“What Stoke have found since Michael O’Neill has come in is some high level performances yet then when they go away and get beat, it sets them back.

“As we found three years ago, we could find a way to win some really tight matches but we struggled to get away from the bottom because when you lose you seem to drop three places back to where you were.

“I think that’s what Stoke have done. They have found a way of winning some matches then the defeats when they come have put them back in the mix at the bottom.

“That’s where they find themselves, scrambling to get results to make sure they stay away from the bottom three because Wigan, Barnsley, Luton have found a way of winning games and keeping it really tight at the bottom.

“What we will face is a team with a lot of desire, a real thirst to drag themselves away from the bottom three, and we have to show the same desire and thirst to keep our points tally ticking along at the top end and try and apply real pressure to Preston, Bristol City and all the other teams in and around the top six.”





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