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Tony reacts to Rochdale win

Tony Mowbray was a happy man following the Boxing Day victory

26 December 2017

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Tony Mowbray was delighted to see his Rovers side get back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Rochdale at Ewood Park on Tuesday.

The damage was done before the break, with Charlie Mulgrew netting from the spot following an earlier own goal.

The win leaves Rovers five points behind league leaders Wigan and just one behind second-placed Shrewsbury, after the top two drew 0-0. 

“The bug is still going around, three or four of them are still coughing and spluttering but it was a professional performance," the boss said.

“Rochdale really started with some intensity in the opening 20 minutes and we had to match that. We got our noses in front and tried to manage it in the second half.

“We spoke at half time about keeping a clean sheet, not being expansive and keeping our shape – we got the job done."

While Mowbray was naturally pleased by some of the standout individual performances on the day, he stressed that the result was more important.

“They’ve gelled really well this season," he added. "They showed good composure to keep the clean sheet and score some goals, it was a good performance.

“Bradley [Dack] almost scored a wonder-goal today, but for a block right at the death – there must have been about 15 nutmegs for him to get through!

“The points were the most important thing today, there are a lot of games in quick succession and it was important on the back of the frustration at Northampton to win today."

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