Tony Mowbray hailed Bradley Dack for his performance in Rovers' 5-1 win at Carlisle on Tuesday, saying he made all the difference on the night.
The Blues ran out comfortable winners in the Carabao Cup first-round clash, with Dack and Adam Armstrong scoring twice, and Kasey Palmer also on the scoresheet.
Speaking after the game, Mowbray gave his views on the display and explained his decision to field a strong side.
“I enjoyed parts of our performance, but there were parts I didn’t enjo," he said.
"I thought Carlisle had too many shots for my liking and it was a bit too open.
"I was very conscious of playing at least five attacking players and making sure it didn’t go to penalties.
"We came here to try to blow them away and it looks like we did. Yet, Carlisle had a few efforts at our goal.
"Football’s about balance; how many defenders, attackers, soldiers and artists you have in your team.
"We came through this one, but I won’t be playing that many attacking players that often."
“Ultimately, it’s quality that wins you games. It’s easy to rest Bradley Dack, but he makes the difference at the end of the day.
"He’s a very, very, very good footballer. That’s why I picked him rather than giving him a rest and letting him sit at home, because these games can be tight affairs.
"We knew they were going to work really hard and it could have been a tight affair; if you look at the results from the other cup games, I think eight went to penalties and I didn’t want that to be us.
"We gambled a bit and, ultimately, won.
"I think Carlisle played well, but they haven’t got a Bradley Dack in their team and I think class can make a difference at times."
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