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Boss content with a professional display

Mowbray saw the good, the bad and the ugly from his side in the win against Walsall

24 February 2018

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Tony Mowbray saw both sides to his team in the win against Walsall and was pleased with what he calls "a professional display."

Danny Graham's brace put Rovers in command - his first being the 150th goal of his career.

But Jack Fitzwater's goal on the stroke of half time resulted in Rovers having to produce a gritty display in the second half at a sun-drenched Banks's Stadium.

And Tony saw two different displays from his troops in each half, in front of just under 3,000 visiting supporters in the Midlands.

“We were a bit flat," the boss reflected after the game. "We have to take the points and we’re happy with that but we could have been out of sight in the first half. We played very well.

“Danny did what Danny does and could have scored more, [Adam] Armstrong had a strike tipped onto the underside of the bar.
 
“We got a kick in the stomach at the death in the first half which was really, really disappointing. We were frustrated at half time and the goal game them the impetus."
 
Fitzwater's strike came in Walsall's only real threatening spell and Mowbray believes that goal made his side's second half display an ugly one.
 
“The momentum swung and they had belief," Tony added. "If it would have been 3-0 at half time then they probably wouldn’t have attacked - they’d have been defending to save an embarrassment.
 
“We weren’t very good in the second half. We had two players vomitting at half time and wanted to see how they got on. We lacked energy and drive in the second half. We’ll call it a professional display."

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