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Tony proud of his Rovers "warriors"

The boss reflects on a "richly deserved" victory at Hull City on Saturday after the 1-0 win

18 August 2018

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A 1-0 win away from home and a first victory back in the Championship at Hull City made it a great day for Rovers, and boss Tony Mowbray was understandably delighted with his side's display at the KCOM Stadium.

Bradley Dack's strike just two minutes before the break was the difference on the day, with the playmaker smashing home from close range for his fourth goal in his last four games.
 
It could have been more for the visitors, but Mowbray was delighted with what he saw from his troops to earn the win and also secure a second successive Championship clean sheet after defending resolutely throughout the encounter.
 
“It was richly deserved. We threatened their goal a lot. I can think of a Danny [Graham] header and a Benno [Elliott Bennett] chance in the second half as well as a Bradley [Dack] one in the first half," the boss told iFollow Rovers just minutes after the game.
 
“We made it hard for ourselves at times but we got the points and that’s all that matters. We know all about our team. They’re all warriors, they all work really hard and they have quality.
 
“We kept asking questions of the opposition and we’re learning as we go along about defending and attacking. Players like Bennett can do both, and that’s why he is such an important player for us."
 
The boss changed things up in the second half tactically, throwing on Lewis Travis and Joe Rothwell to tighten up the midfield area and turn the formation into 4-5-1. 
 
It worked a treat, and Mowbray was pleased with what he saw from two substitutes in particular.
 
“Rothwell is an exciting player for us, as we saw when he came on for us and he’s learning the way we play and needs to keep working to get in the starting team.
 
“Travis is another. He’s a young boy who is still learning the game. I feel as if I can trust him to go on the pitch and see the game out.
 
“I’m proud of everyone’s work ethic, their drive and desire. We have youth and experienced heads in the form of Charlie Mulgrew, Darragh Lenihan and Danny Graham coming on late, they are valuable to us.
 
“Today shows that we can compete in this division and shouldn’t fear going anywhere."
 

Don't forget, Rovers are back in action on Wednesday 22nd August when Reading head to Ewood Park and you can get tickets for the clash against the Royals by clicking here.


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