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Richie's role is key - says boss

Mowbray hails Smallwood's strengths after fifth straight win

10 December 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray believes Richie Smallwood brings a number of important attributes to his side, who secured a fifth straight league win at Peterborough on Saturday.

The fans favourite played a pivotal role in Rovers' second goal at the ABAX Stadium - forcing Chris Forrester to concede possession, before unselfishly squaring the ball for Bradley Dack to fire home.

Rovers went on to win the game 3-2 and his manager was once again impressed.

"I had Richie as a young lad at Middlesbrough, where I gave him his full debut," said Mowbray.

"He's always been a warrior, he's always been a front-foot footballer.

"He plays with his heart on his sleeve and if we had 11 Richie Smallwoods we would go a long way.

"As I've always said, football is a balance. You need the speed, the creativity, the composure, the aggression, the power and Richie has a lot of those qualities.

"But it was the delicacy of Bradley Dack that opened them up to win the game I think."

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