Swansea City will pose a much different challenge to Stoke City, according to Tony Mowbray, who expects an open game at Ewood Park this afternoon.

Rovers were held by a resilient Stoke City in midweek, failing to find a way through an organised Potters outfit as they battle for points at the bottom end of the table.

It was a missed opportunity for Rovers to close the gap on the top six, but they are quickly back in action against a Swans side who have equal ambitions heading in to the final 11 games.

And Mowbray’s hopes a more attacking approach from Steve Cooper’s side will suit Rovers this afternoon.

“This game will be hugely different to the last game,” he said.

“If football was the same every week, two teams doing the same thing, then maybe you’d get a level of consistency but this league is so full of different teams who play different ways meaning no two games are alike.

“I’m sure Swansea won’t be coming and parking the bus like Stoke did on Wednesday night, they will come and expand and play possession football, try and keep the ball off us and score goals.

“We’ll have to be good with the ball ourselves but be really good on transition, try and take it off them and exploit the spaces they leave.

“That’s the game we’re planning and preparing for so let’s see how it unfolds in front of us and whether we’re left frustrated or happy with three points.”

Despite having just one full training session to prepare for the different challenge, Rovers’ game with Brentford last weekend will give them an insight in to how the Swans will set up.

“You’re only repeating where you’ve been,” Mowbray added.

“Swansea play pretty much like Brentford, and certain teams play a certain type of football, whether it be ball retention at all costs from the back or whether they play direct off the front, or two out-and-out wingers and get the ball wide, we’ve been through the process before.

“We’ll prepare the team for one who plays like this and then the game will take care of itself.

“As long as the players know what to expect and what’s coming, how we should be looking to exploit any spaces or gaps, but also be mindful of trying to stop their strengths, that’s how you prepare your team and we’ll look forward to the challenge of the game.”