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Results over clean sheets

Paul Downing helped Rovers to a 10th clean sheet of the season on Tuesday

27 December 2017

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Paul Downing was pleased to help Rovers keep a 10th clean sheet of the season in Tuesday's victory over Rochdale, but stressed that "winning is the main thing."

An own goal, plus a penalty from skipper Charlie Mulgrew on his return to the side, earned Rovers a 2-0 win at Ewood Park, leaving the Blues a point behind second-placed Shrewsbury in the table.

Speaking after the game, Downing was pleased with the performance and says it was important for Rovers to bounce back after last weekend's draw at Northampton. 

“Winning is the main thing. It’s more points on the board after a tough game, so we’re delighted to come away with three points," he said.

“We were all really disappointed after the draw at Northampton, we didn’t play as well as we could have.

“We don’t like to make excuses, we should have gone there and won, but we’ve bounced back and that’s the main thing. 

“There are a lot of points to play for over the festive period so it was important to win today and we can look forward to the next games.

“At times it wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t the best game to play in, but we did the basics well. Keeping a clean sheet is important, too.

“We scored goals at the right time, scoring just before half time was important and we managed to see the game out in the second half.

“To get our noses in front was important and then we could hit them on the counter-attack. 

“Obviously Benno has done really well for the second goal and Charlie has stuck it away. That gave us momentum."

Asked whether he would have preferred a more convincing scoreline, Paul added: “I like a 2-0 like today, being a defender.

"I’m sure the strikers will tell you they’d prefer a 4-2!

“We went through a spell of scoring three or four, and hopefully we can always be strong at the back.

"The guys in front of us are doing their jobs and if we can add to the tally of clean sheets, we’ll win games.

“Ideally we’d like to be better on the ball and open up more, we’d like three or four goals but it wasn’t to be today, so we’ll take the result and move on. 

“We’ve got the players to do that, but we have to be respectful of the other teams in the league.

"Teams raise their game here at Ewood and there is a lot of quality in this division. As long as we’re winning, that’s the main thing.

"We’ve shown we can come back if we lose the first goal but to get the first and follow it up with a second, it’s hard for teams to come back from that."

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