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Paul pleased to get one over old employers

Downing discusses a game of two halves but feels Rovers deserved the points at MK Dons on Monday

2 April 2018

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Rovers defender Paul Downing confessed it was satisfying to return to Stadium MK for the first time since departing old employers MK Dons - and then take the three points with him.

Back in the starting XI for the first time in just over a month to replace the injured Darragh Lenihan, Downing produced an accomplished performance back alongside Charlie Mulgrew at the heart of the defence.
 
Appearing for the 250th time in the league in his career, 37 of those came as a Dons player, with Downing spending a year with the club before joining Rovers initially on loan on the final day of the summer 2017 transfer window.
 
He's not looked back since, and couldn't hide his delight after playing his part in a hard fought victory in Buckinghamshire.
 
“When you come back to your old club you always want to do well," Downing admitted to iFollow Rovers. "I’m delighted to get the start and help the lads to another vital three points.
 
"We’ve managed to send the fans back up the road happy, but we knew it would be difficult coming here. They have a good squad here for the position they’re in in the table.
 
“They’ve had an upturn in fortunes recently and I think they maybe gave us a bit too much respect in the first half. We spent most of the half close to their goal."
 
A Jekyll and Hyde sort of display performance throughout the game from Rovers saw the visitors boss proceedings in front of over 2,500 travelling fans, with Downing and his team-mates bossing the first half and scoring twice thanks to Adam Armstrong.
 
But a change of formation saw a change of flow and the hosts pulled one back through Peter Pawlett and Rovers had to dig in and defend doggedly.
 
“Two halves of football are never the same and we’re slightly disappointed with our display in the second half," Paul added.
 
"We probably should have managed it better by getting on the ball more. We could have had a bit more control but it’s sometimes difficult and something we can learn from.
 
“From being so in control in the first half, they changed a little bit in the second half and we started clinging on in the game and allowed them to put pressure on our goal. Thankfully we saw the game out. People will remember the result rather than how we played."
 

Rovers are next in action on Saturday 7th April when Southend United visit Ewood Park. Kick-off is at 3pm and you can purchase your tickets by clicking here.


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