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Tony delighted with super subs

Danny Graham and Dominic Samuel both made an impact from the bench on Saturday

25 November 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray was delighted with the impact made by substitutes Danny Graham and Dominic Samuel during Saturday's 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers.

Samuel came on in the second half and ultimately scored the winner, with Graham involved in Rovers' second goal at Ewood Park.

The result means Mowbray's men have now won three league games in a row and, speaking afterwards, the manager was full of praise for the pair.

"Dom has found it tough since coming back from suspension, which is partly my fault for playing him on the left at Oxford, but he played up front tonight and got his goal.

"Danny is obviously a very experienced player, he showed great awareness to pull off the back of centre-halves. 

"Dominic used his physicality really well and we could have scored more from a couple of little knock-downs. 

"Great credit to Danny, and I'm delighted for Dominic, he scored a goal which all good centre forwards should hope to score.

"He towered over his defender and put it in the back of the net."

Mowbray was also asked about the competition for places following Saturday's game.

"Nuttall has stepped up, and I've given him three games to give it a bash, it's a big ask for him to keep going because it's a big difference from the Under-23s," he added.

"Centre-halves are men in this league and it's a big ask for him but I think he led the line well. 

"If you've got the likes of Graham and Samuel on the bench who are chomping at the bit, it gives us a really good chance.

"They both did what was asked of them today and had a really big impact on the game.

"Competition is the biggest motivator in football, you have to give them a chance, and that goes for all positions."

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