Meet the opposition | Blackburn Rovers

8th March 2021
First team
Kyle Naughton Blackburn

As Swansea City prepare to make the trip to Ewood Park on Tuesday night, we take a closer look at Blackburn Rovers.

What’s their story?

Now in their third season back in the Championship, Blackburn are aiming to build on consecutive mid-table finishes.

Blackburn are one of only six sides to don the Premier League crown, having beaten Manchester United to the title by a single point in 1994-95, although they have not been in the top-flight for nearly a decade after relegation in 2012.

They had previously won the top-flight title in 1912 and 1914, and have won six FA Cups and one League Cup.

How's their form?

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Difficult. Injury-hit Rovers had gone seven games without victory, losing six and drawing one during that they dropped away from the top six after being among the reckoning for much of the season.

However, they ended that run with victory at Millwall at the weekend thanks to goals from Bradley Dack and Sam Gallagher.

They have won just two home games since December 2, and will be desperate to turn that around and end the season on a strong note.

Who’s the boss?

Tony Mowbray

The experienced Tony Mowbray is now into his fourth full season in charge at Ewood Park, having taken over the reins in February 2017.

The former defender turned out for Middlesbrough, Celtic and Ipswich Town during his 18-year playing career, in which he racked up over 500 appearances and won three promotions.

Mowbray has also had spells with Ipswich, Celtic and Boro as a manager, as well as Hibernian, Coventry and West Brom, who he guided to the Championship title in 2008.

Who's the captain?

Elliott Bennett

Elliott Bennett. The 32-year-old has missed most of the season due to an ankle ligament injury, making just three first-team appearances as a result.

The midfielder is approaching five years at Ewood Park, where he has made just under 200 appearances in all competitions.

Bennett, who began his career at Wolves, has also represented Crewe, Bury, Brighton and Bristol City in the EFL, while playing over 50 times in the Premier League for Norwich City.

Who are the key men?

Adam Armstrong

Adam Armstrong has been in sensational form for Rovers this season, and has 20 goals to his name from 35 appearances in all competitions, although he missed out at the weekend through injury.

Liverpool loanee Harvey Elliott may still be a teenager but he has become increasingly influential, and has five goals and nine assists under his belt.

Youngster Tyrhys Dolan has impressed while, elsewhere, there is no shortage of experience with the likes of Stewart Downing in the squad, although Lewis Holtby, Daniel Ayala and Bradley Johnson have all been hit by injuries.