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Delighted with the performance

26 August 2017

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Tony Mowbray was pleased to see his side claim their first home points of the season with a 4-1 win over MK Dons.

Following last week's victory over Bradford City, the Blues made it back-to-back victories in the league with a comfortable result at Ewood Park.

"I'm delighted, the performance was what I was looking for," said the Rovers boss.

"It got a little bit flat in spells but it was a warm day and I asked them to really find some intensity and work hard and we did that.

"I thought we worked really hard to get in front and after conceding a goal Mulgrew did what he does from free-kicks. You always fancy Charlie to hit the target.

"But I was most pleased with the way we finished the game. They could have built up some momentum and we could have been hanging on like we were last season, so to get the third one was fantastic and then the icing on the cake with a brilliant move and a great finish to make it four.

"So it sends us away before the international break with a good feeling in our stomachs. Hopefully our season is now up and running."

On the first anniversary of signing for the club, defender Derrick Williams fired Rovers in front with their first attack inside two minutes, and although Ed Upson equalised, a fantastic free-kick from Charlie Mulgrew saw Rovers lead at the break.

Rovers had to withstand some nervy moments in the second half but once Mulgrew headed home his second there was only going to be one winner, and Dominic Samuel capped another fine display with another goal to complete the win.

"We had talked about the Bradford game and how we had two shots at goal inside the first 30 seconds and can we start again really fast and ask questions of them and we did that," added Mowbray.

"It was a brilliant strike from Derek, I was delighted to see it hit the back of the net.

"Mulgrew bends one in and I'm happy that Dominic has scored again, he name has been consistently on the scoresheet over the last four games.

"So I'm pleased for him, pleased for the team, and pleased for the supporters. They've not had too many 4-1 wins here so hopefully we can make that a more common event."

Rovers are back in action this Tuesday night when they take on Stoke City's Under-21s at Ewood Park in the opening group match of the Checkatrade Trophy.

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