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Delighted for Danny

Boss pleased to see striker get on the scoresheet

22 October 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray was pleased to see striker Danny Graham get on the scoresheet in yesterday's 3-0 victory over Portsmouth.

The 32-year-old produced a hard-working performance up front and was rewarded on 58 minutes when he coolly stroked the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

It was his second goal of the season, having scored in another 3-0 victory, away to Rochdale, last month.

Rovers' top scorer last term, Graham has found opportunities limited so far this season, but Mowbray insists all the forwards at his disposal will have a big part to play.

"I'm delighted for Danny," said the manager. "We've been working hard with Danny on his fitness and his work-rate.

"Undoubtedly he can finish, we know that. You saw what he did toay, he almost passed it into the net, whereas other people don't.

"So we know that and yet it is a balance. The team have to run and work and chase in modern day football. It's an athletic game.

"He's working extremely hard, he got his rewards today, he helped the team win the football match.

"But what I will say is the opposition will dictate which strikers we play.

"If we're playing away from home and teams are pressing us really high, sometimes a (Dominic) Samuel - I know he's obviously got himself sent off and won't be playing for the next three games - but the reasoning behind it is when teams are playing high up the pitch you need to run.

"You need speed in behind, because even a clearance can put you away.

"Danny will understand, as we move forward, sometimes when we're playing against a block of nine men behind the ball, like we did against Plymouth on Tuesday night, it's easier to try and go over the top of it instead of passing through it.

"So we'll utilise them all and they'll all play their part. Marcus Antonsson didn't play today because he'd played the last two matches in a three-game week.

"With the sending off it potentially promotes (Joe) Nuttall forward into the group now, so we'll keep going and keep pushing on.

"The key is to keep in touch and we will get stronger as the season unfolds."

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