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Tony impressed by Samuel

The striker scored twice and registered one assist in the draw with Crewe

4 December 2017

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray was impressed by Dominic Samuel during Sunday's 3-3 draw with Crewe, saying the striker's performance will boost his confidence.

Having netted against Bristol Rovers last weekend, Samuel scored twice and set up another as the Blues made an excellent start to the Emirates FA Cup second-round game. 

Rovers were eventually forced to settle for a replay after having two men sent off, but Mowbray was quick to praise his number nine after the match.

“I think the first 20 or 30 minutes is as fluid as we’ve played [all season]. The movement and passing quality caused them problems," he said.

“The running in behind was good too. It’s stuff we’ve worked on and it paid off today.

“I think Danny Graham proved too strong for their centre-halves and Samuel was positive. We got some good goals and it could have been any score if it was 11 versus 11.

“Samuel is a good player, he’s got his confidence now. He had a sending off and a couple of knocks, as well as some disappointments because of [Joe] Nuttall’s emergence.

“It was brilliant for Dominic to get a couple of goals and I’m sure that without the red cards he’d have got a couple more. 

"There’s genuine competition for places in the team now. Today will do Dom's confidence some good and he can look to move on for the next game.”

Discussing the game itself, the boss says he'd like to have seen his side play more positively, despite Crewe's man advantage.

“There are lessons to be learned, we sat behind the ball and encouraged them forward," he added.

"We needed to be a little bit braver with nine men, but we’ll settle for that.

“We’re frustrated after being so dominant. It was just an exercise at the end, just trying to see the game out."

The sides will meet at Crewe's Alexandra Stadium on Tuesday December 12th (7.45pm kick-off) to determine who progresses to the third round.


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