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I'm proud of the players, says Mowbray

Boss hails character of his group after 2-1 win at Fratton Park

13 February 2018

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Manager Tony Mowbray hailed the character of his players after they ground out a vital 2-1 victory away to Portsmouth.

Rovers deservedly led at break thanks to Adam Armstrong's predatory finish midway through the first half.

However, Portsmouth hit back early in the second half, as Conor Chaplin headed home to send the 18,000-strong Fratton faithful into full voice. 

The visitors had to overcome a serious-looking injury to Ryan Nyambe and the sending off of Lewis Travis, but left with all three points as Armstrong's late strike saw Rovers return to winning ways.  

"I'm proud of the character of the players tonight," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers after the game.

"In the first half, I thought we looked like we could score. Dominic (Samuel) could have scored in the first three or four minutes.

"To come here is really tough. We talked at half-time about them kicking into that bank behind that goal and having been here many times as a player and a manager, it's really difficult when they're attacking that end because they almost try and suck the ball into that goal and within five minutes of the second half they did that.

"But to show the character, the resolve, the desire and belief that they could get a winner is a fantastic effort from them.

"It makes Saturday's disappointment of a draw feel better. Now we just have to keep pushing on."

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