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They give us a solid base to work from

6 May 2017

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Tony Mowbray believes the return of central defensive pair Darragh Lenihan and Charlie Mulgrew has provided a timely boost for the run-in.

The duo were thought to be ruled out for the rest of the season after both picking up ankle ligament injuries away at Reading last month, but they both made welcome returns in the draw with Wolves a fortnight ago.

The manager feels that both add much-needed qualities to the squad and is delighted to have them available for selection once more.

"I think the results with and without them show the evidence of it," said Mowbray.

"They just bring a more assured performance with and without the ball I think.

"With the ball there's a calmness when Charlie lands on the ball with his left foot, there's a calmness that he's going to pick the right pass nine times out of ten.

"And Darragh has shown a warrior-like character really that any centre-forward in the league knows he's in a tough battle against Darragh.

"They both have different qualities but they both help our team and without them we struggled a little bit.

"So it is a great credit to them that they are both back within two weeks of thinking they had season-ending injuries.

"They give us a confidence that we've got a solid base that we can go and work from and hopefully we can go and get a positive result from that."

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