NEW Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Lambert has vowed to implement an attacking brand of high-tempo football that will get supporters on their feet.

Rovers have shared the spoils in eight of their 16 Championship matches so far this season and Lambert knows they need to start turning draws into wins if they are going to get up the table.


But Gary Bowyer’s successor, whose Norwich City side scored 169 goals in two seasons as they won back-to-back promotions to the Premier League, is determined to entertain at the same time.

He plans to do that by setting Rovers out on the front foot – especially at Ewood Park – and giving his attacking players license to create chances in the final third for prolific striker Jordan Rhodes.

“We’ll try and get on the front foot and try to play with a really high tempo as we have to entertain,” said Lambert, who will be roared on by a 5,500-strong travelling support in his first game in charge away to Preston North End on Saturday.

“That’s what people come to watch, so we’ll try to do everything to entertain the supporters.

“We’re going to have a great crowd on Saturday behind us and it’s up to us to deliver something that they can be proud of.

“I’m not going to stand here and say everything is going to click into place right away but, in my own mind, I know the way we want to play.

“In the league there have been a lot of draws, but not too many defeats, and we’ve got to try and turn the draws into wins.

“But Gary deserves a lot of credit for stabilising it and we’ve got to go and raise the bar again, and get them in a situation when they’re going to be close.

“There is still a wee bit of work to be done but let’s see what happens in the next few months.”

That work started in earnest on Monday afternoon when Lambert took to the main training pitch at Brockhall for the first time.

The Rovers squad will train every day this week in the lead up to the first league trip to Deepdale since that famous night in May 2001 when Matt Jansen fired the club back into the top flight.

And Lambert said: “This is new for the fans as well and, as I’ve said, once we get it our own way, and get the players believing in the way we want them to play, the crowd will get behind us; I’ve got no doubt they’ll get right behind us.

“If they’re taking a full allocation then it’ll be a cracking atmosphere. The players need the fans and their job will be to try and entertain them and get them behind us.”

Judging by the overwhelmingly positive reaction to his appointment, Lambert would already appear to have the full backing of the excited Rovers fan base.

And he said: “It’s certainly better coming in to that than people not liking me but at the end of the day it’s about the team – that’s what’s vital.

“We’re going to need the supporters and everybody who plays for us is going to need them.

“But it’s up to us to entertain them as well and play attacking, high-tempo football that will excite them.

“If we do that we’ll have a strong group.”

Lee Williamson and Darragh Lenihan are the last of the Rovers players to return from international duty.

Williamson played most of the match as Jamaica won their World Cup qualifier in Haiti 1-0 on Tuesday.

On the same night fellow midfielder Lenihan captained Republic of Ireland Under-21s in their 0-0 friendly draw with Norway in Waterford.