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Warm words for City squad ahead of Ewood test.


spoke to press on Thursday morning ahead of his side’s Friday night test against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park (7.45pm). Malky Mackay

Regarding the former Premier League Champions, Malky said:  “They’ve got a new manager through the door, have spent a lot of money and have a very experienced squad.

“I don’t expect anything other than one of the toughest games of the season. There has been a lot of chopping and changing at the club this year in terms of the new manager coming in and a lot of different players joining the Club. There has been a whole mix of things that’s been going on with them and I think once things settle down at Blackburn then they’ve certainly got a squad that can progress in this league. It’s going to be a dangerous one for us on Friday.”

One player City will have to keep quiet is goal scoring front-man Jordan Rhodes. Speaking of the striker’s ability, Malky commented: “You have to be an admirer of his quality with the amount of goals he scored.

“I’ve known him since he was a youngster at Ipswich coming through and he’s always been able to score goals.

“Jordan has shown he has been able to make the step up from League One to the Championship and immediately started scoring, which is always a sign of a good player. That jump sometimes takes people a year to do; sometimes it never happens.”

But Malky reserved special praise for the experienced heads in his own squad who have guided the City ship in recent weeks amidst a flurry of injuries. He added: “Mark Hudson, Peter Whittingham, David Marshall and Matthew Connolly are  guys that have been the mainstay of the team over this period.

“What we have are good professionals who turn up every week, play to a certain standard, train and make sure that their bodies are right and ready for a forty six game season. They do that year after year and they are the guys that are gold dust; they’re the ones you pick, want in your team and want at your Club.

“Every club is looking for those guys. They are consistent professionals, model professionals and that’s not an easy thing to do when you think of the rigours of the league and the amount of stress they are putting on their bodies every two or three days for a long period of time.

“You look at the very top professionals - the likes of Frank Lampard who has been playing sixty games a year for the last ten years. That’s an incredible achievement and when you can get four or five professionals like that in your team it provides a great spine to any side.”