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Arma has amazing attributes

Tony hails hero Armstrong after his two-goal haul in Hampshire

15 February 2018

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Tony Mowbray has hailed loan forward Adam Armstrong for coming up trumps at the perfect time after the striker made it three goals in two games thanks to his double at Portsmouth in midweek.

Predator Armstrong was clinical at Fratton Park and grabbed the winner with just three minutes to go.

And Mowbray - who worked with Adam at Coventry - admitted he always knew the quality he was getting when he pounced to sign the Geordie on loan from Newcastle in early January.

“I felt it at Coventry. He won games on his own sometimes. Out of nothing, he can turn and flash a ball into the back of the net, off either foot," Tony said.

“We’ve utilised him in wide areas as well as a threat, coming in on his right foot.

“I’m pleased for Adam. We joked when we signed him how many goals he was going to score. He’s scored in his last couple now and got two tonight, so I’m delighted for him."

And Tony confessed he sometimes struggles to remember the age of the young hitman, who he first worked with when Armstrong was just 18.

Armstrong's record in League One is impressive and the boss believes the loan star has all the ingredients to continue his scoring streak between now and the end of the campaign, and help fire Rovers to promotion.

“He’s just a young boy who turned 21 at the weekend. People sometimes forget how tender an age that is for a footballer in a competitive world, playing against men, so I’m delighted for him," he added.

“He’s got amazing attributes, some amazing qualities as a guy, the boys love him, they can see his quality in training and I’m just delighted that he helped the team get the three points.”

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