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Fantastic for Lucas to score

12 March 2017

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Tony Mowbray was delighted with the impact that Lucas Joao made in Saturday's draw with Norwich City.

The on-loan striker stepped off the substitute's bench to great effect at Carrow Road with two goals to help Rovers earn a point.

After hitting the post with his first touch, Joao then prodded Connor Mahoney's driven ball across the box into the back of the net, before rising majestically at the far post to head home Danny Graham's cross.

"Lucas came on and scored two goals which is great for him," said Mowbray.

"When he was at Sheffield Wednesday it looked as if his best moments were driving in off the left wing, driving into the box, stepovers, outside and inside.

"I'm not sure how much impact he has made as a centre-forward with his back to goal trying to flick things on, I'm not sure that is his game, I think he more smooth than that.

"So with that physicality if he's driving at you into the box, down the outside then you have to be a good strong defender to see him off.

"I told him to go and play wide left, to see if he can put some balls into the box from the other side and to get him to drive into the box and he scored two goals, it is fantastic for the boy and important for the team.

"Moving forward we'll see how much we utilise him."

Rovers and Joao are back in action this Tuesday night when they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Tickets for the match are on open sale priced at £20 for Adults, £15 for Seniors 65+ and 18-21 year-olds, £10 for fans aged 17 and under.

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