Moore ready for ‘tough’ Rovers challenge

DARREN Moore insists his side must be at their best to overcome Blackburn on Saturday with former boss Tony Mowbray returning to The Hawthorns dugouts for the first time.

Rovers are in touching distance of the Sky Bet Championship play-offs following their promotion from League One last term, while Albion remain two points off the table’s summit despite setbacks against Wigan and Derby.  

And Moore welcomes the opportunity to react to those results with his free-scoring Baggies looking to get back on track on home turf. 

“We will have to be at our best here tomorrow to get a result,” he said. 

“It’s a game where we’ll have to be on our toes and be guarded in terms of what of they have to offer, but also at the same time look to play an effective game.

“Blackburn will get the ball down and play and they have one or two players who are a threat and a danger.

“When you’re winning games in this division you have more games to keep up the momentum going, if you slip up you have a game within two or three days to get a performance and try to get the right result.  

“We look forward to the game and we got back in yesterday to assess where the squad is at.

“Three points would be huge, whether the game was here or away. 

“We go into every game with a view to win it. It’s not always possible to do so and it’s not always the case, but that’s the mentality and the viewpoint. 

“We’re looking forward to it and we know it will be a tough game, a tough test, but every game in the Championship is a tough one. It happens to be Blackburn tomorrow.”

Mowbray took Albion to the 2007/08 Championship title during his three years at The Hawthorns, winning 57 of his 140 games in charge. 

Moore says the 54-year-old has done a tremendous job at Ewood Park and looks forward to welcoming him back to his old stomping ground. 

“Tony has done a superb job in giving the club stability back,” he added. 

“It will be great to see Tony tomorrow and welcome him back here. He did a top job when he was here and he’s somebody I regard very highly. He’s a top, top fella and an excellent coach.

“He’s doing a marvellous job at Blackburn and I look forward to seeing him tomorrow.”

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