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So happy to get the points

26 September 2017

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After proclaiming last Saturday's performance to be their worst of the campaign to date, boss Tony Mowbray was delighted to hail tonight's victory over Rotherham as their best.

A bright start at Ewood Park saw Rovers strike the woodwork twice, before they took the lead on 27 minutes, thanks to a third goal of the campaign from Marcus Antonsson.

The home side continued to create a host of chances, but they had to wait until five minutes from time to secure the victory, when substitute Harry Chapman took a short corner before dancing his way into the box to finish with aplomb.

The margin of the win should have been greater, but Mowbray was delighted never the less.

"I am much happier," the manager told iFollow Rovers after the game.

"On Saturday we forgot how to play, but tonight was about playing through lines, spreading, running in behind and they showed that they can do it.

"It was a bit closer than it should have been really. We could have been in front from the first minute.

"So from probably the worst performance of the season to probably the best - particularly the first 45 minutes of course. Against a side that are the top scorers in the division. It was a great clean sheet as well."

Rovers took the lead just before the half hour when Antonsson glanced home a corner at the near post. But they had to wait until the 85th minute to make the points safe thanks to a wonderful first Rovers goal from Chapman.

But having created so many goal opportunities, there was a touch of frustration that the victory wasn't by a greater margin.

"Dominic is frustrated he hasn't scored," Mowbray added. "Marcus is frustrated he hasn't got a hat-trick.

"But I'm delighted for Harry who has been so good coming off the bench recently.

"So I'm happy to get the points. It is an important week for us, I have talked about how we have to try and make our home form really purposeful and get a lot of points at home.

"It could have been dangerous tonight against a side that have been free-scoring. So it is great to get it out of the way, great to get the points, and now we will focus on Gillingham."

Rovers are at Ewood Park once more this Saturday when Gillingham are the visitors.

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