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A statement of intent

The boss gives his verdict as Rovers make it three wins in a row

25 November 2017

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Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says Saturday's win over Bristol Rovers is a sign that his side are beginning to "flex our muscles" in League One.

The Blues made it three wins in seven days, as goals from Charlie Mulgrew on his 50th appearance and substitute Dominic Samuel earned a 2-1 win.

Speaking after the game, Mowbray was naturally delighted to see his players come from behind, and believes the result is a statement of intent.

"It's a pleasing result," he said. "In games like these, you have to find a way of winning.

"We were very dominant for 20 minutes and then, all of a sudden, they had a counter-attack and looked a threat.

"They grew in confidence towards the end of the first half, they were breaking away quickly, as we often do away from home.

"We decided at half-time that we'd play more direct, keep our shape behind the ball and ultimately it paid dividens. 

"We made changes and I thought Danny [Graham] was fantastic when he came on, he bullied their centre-halves and Dominic got himself a goal which he richly deserves.

"There was an expectation with playing at home today after winning two games on the road, but we got there in the end, and that shows we're getting stronger and progressing.

"We're starting to flex our muscles now and show teams that Blackburn Rovers are a team to be feared."

Next up for Rovers is a trip to Blackpool on Tuesday evening, and a chance to put pressure on the league leaders.

"It's great to score seven away from home, and to follow it up with a win at home, it's important," the boss added.

"Let's hope we can keep building, growing and getting stronger.

"Let's keep going and see how many points we can get. The table is closing up now and we've got Blackpool away on Tuesday, which is a chance to close it even more.

"Let's rest up and be ready to get firing again on Tuesday night."


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