Blackburn Rovers full back Adam Henley says new boss Paul Lambert is showing the Ewood Park squad exactly what is needed if they want to secure promotion from the Championship.
Wales international Henley is thriving under the Scot, having been left out of the team for the final four games of Gary Bowyer’s tenure.
Blackburn have taken four points from six since Lambert arrived and will hope to get another victory against strugglers Bristol City this weekend.
Henley says the former Aston Villa boss has brought intensity to their work in training, something he feels must become a basic requirement if they want to chase down promotion.
“Every day in training the intensity has been high – and not just because it’s a new manager coming in and everyone wanting to impress, he said.
“That’s just what he demands and I think it’s shown in the last couple of games that we’ve been trying to bring in what we’ve been doing in training.”
A battling victory over Preston at Deepdale in Lambert’s first game was followed by a 2-2 home draw with Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
Rovers led twice in that game but were denied by a late Lucas Joao goal for the Owls, and Henley insists they must continue as they have started under Lambert if they want to move up the table.
“It’s tough but, at the end of the day, that is what it’s going to take in the Championship,” he added. “The demands he is making on us is not out of the ordinary. It’s just what’s required.”
Blackburn are 2.75 to win against Bristol City on Saturday at Ashton Gate. The home side are 2.50 with the draw 3.25.