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Just the start we wanted

24 November 2015

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Shane Duffy was delighted to play his part as Rovers' new era under Paul Lambert got off to a winning start on Saturday.

The Republic of ireland international put in a commanding display at the back as Rovers defeated Preston North End 2-1.

Duffy admitted it wasn't the prettiest football on display at Deepdale, but the result was all that mattered.

"It was a good win for us," said the defender. "It was a proper Championship game with a lot of defending to do.

"They launched a few and they were going for it, but not just me and Grant, I think the whole back four, and the two in midfield were brilliant. It is like this in the Championship and you've got to defend like that.

"It was good, we were very organised as a team. It is a good start and that is what we wanted with the three points."

The Irishman was away on international duty when the new manager was confirmed, but he has enjoyed working with Lambert on his return.

"It has been enjoyable, it has been good, it has been different, but it has been tough," he added.

"I think all of the lads have bought onto it straight away and the way we played was hard, tough to break down, tough to play against, and I think that is you need in the league.

"The week has gone well and all the lads were enjoying it and hopefully it can continue."

Rovers are back in action this Saturday when Sheffield Wednesday are the vistors for Paul Lambert's first game in charge at Ewood Park.

Tickets for the game are on open sale with prices from £22 for Adults, from £14 Seniors and 18-21 year-olds and from just £9 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

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