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A goal worthy of winning any football match

5 March 2017

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Boss Tony Mowbray hailed Marvin Emnes' goal as one that was worthy of winning any football match.

The Dutchman struck a sensational 58th minute winner to give Rovers a vital three points to move them out of the bottom three after their 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic yesterday.

The manager had called on Emnes to add more goals to his game in midweek, and was delighted with the response from the forward.

"I like Marvin Emnes, he's a quiet kid, he's a boy that I think I've got a good relationship with," Mowbray told Radio Rovers.

"I've just told him he has to shoot more, we said that during the week, we have to have more end product.

"Football is about end product, you can be the best football team and pass pass pass and never have any shots. Marvin needs to add that to his game, end product, you get a yard, you have to shoot shoot.

"As I've said before, he scored 18 goals for me in one league season at Middlesbrough and he has to try to get in double figures every year, particularly if he's going to play number ten. If he's going to play high up the pitch and be that creative force in the team. 

"He needs to be able to do that and I'm delighted for Marvin that he's scored."

Mowbray also had words of praise for goalkeeper Jason Steele who supplied the assist for the goal.

Claiming an shot from Wigan, the keeper immediately looked up and picked out Emnes with a pin-point delivery to half way.

"It was brilliant, it was right in front of us," added the manager.

"Jason knows my thoughts on goalkeepers. I like fast, quick distribution, he knows that.

"I like goalkeepers who come and gamble to take crosses in the box to take pressure off the team. To come off his line and catch it and distribute if fast into our team to break away and run.

"That is how I like to coach goalkeepers. You could put today's goal in the coaching manual. The distribution and then the amazing touch from Marvin coming over his shoulder, and then the positivity to attack into the box and shoot. It was a great goal and I'm delighted for him.

"It was a good enough goal to win a football match and thankfully for us it did."

Rovers and Emnes are back in action this Tuesday night when Cardiff City are the visitors to Ewood Park.

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