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The experiment worked

Adam Armstrong in particular has given Tony Mowbray food for thought ahead of the trip to Hull City

15 August 2018

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We've not seen Adam Armstrong play as a lone frontman too much in Rovers colours, but his brace in the Carabao Cup at Carlisle United on Tuesday night has given his boss food for thought.

Armstrong impressed in his first start as a permanent Rover, as he scored his first after just 90 seconds before completing his double by bagging his side's fifth goal of a very profitable evening in Cumbria.

The performance as well as his two goals was encouraging, and it seems the 21-year-old has given Tony Mowbray a selection headache heading into the weekend trip to the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“I’ve played Adam off the left wing before. I play with two and a half attackers, really. Adam is one, Danny [Graham] is one, and Bradley [Dack] is the half," Tony revealed to iFollow Rovers.

"I’d then have a [Elliott] Bennett or a [Craig] Conway on the other side, running up and down. Like I say, football is about balance. It’s still early in the season, I don’t feel as though there are any problems regarding fitness or over-exertion before the weekend, for me it helps the lads understand the work ethic required to win. 

“Adam scores with both feet, he can nick a goal by running in front of a defender, he scores all types of goals. Maybe not towering headers, but different types. He was as sharp as a razor tonight, but some games will require a different type of forward.

"If we see a weakness in a certain team, we might play a different striker and decide if we need Adam as the other attacking option or if he should be available on the bench depending on how the game goes."

Usual frontman Danny Graham didn't travel to his old club, but Mowbray added after the game that it was just to allow the 33-year-old to rest up ahead of a trip to another of his former sides in Hull City on Saturday.

“I wanted to give Adam an opportunity here at Carlisle to play up front on a big pitch, so we gave Danny a night off. It’s not an injury, he’ll be back in training on Thursday. We’ll prepare for Hull now."

Don't forget, Rovers are back in league action on Saturday at Hull City. You can back the lads by purchasing your tickets here.

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