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Boss: Danny's performance was amazing

The striker played a key role in Saturday's 3-1 win over Shrewsbury

14 January 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has hailed Danny Graham's performance in Saturday's win over Shrewsbury as "amazing".

The striker scored his ninth goal of the campaign as Rovers ran out 3-1 winners at Ewood Park, a result which closes the gap on League One's top two.

Asked about Graham after the game, Mowbray was delighted by his performance, and says the forward is invaluable to the club.

“Danny put in an amazing performance, not just his goal but his ability to drive the team was really important," he told reporters.

“We’ve spoken about Danny a lot this year, and it’s a massive credit to him that he’s reacted to my thoughts on how I think he should play.

“He has to influence the game; we know he’s not going to sprint away from defenders and break away at great speed, but if he can keep the ball at that end of the pitch for us, he’s a massive wealth to us."

Graham spearheaded the Rovers attack with Dominic Samuel on the right, while Adam Armstrong came on to make his debut for the club during the second half.

“The secret, of course, was having Dominic on the right today to add some cut and thrust to the team because Bradley isn’t super fast either" Tony added.

“We finished with Armstrong on the left and he and Dominic gave us a real threat running in behind, so it’s about balance.

“Some days it will be Bennett and Conway in those areas working really hard, and other days it might be Armstrong and Samuel, depending on what we need from the game.

“It’s about options and Adam gives us an option. Playing him at centre forward instead of Danny is going to give us a different threat to the opposition and any threat that comes from the sides, he’s onto it like a whippet. 

“Some days, we might need to play that with Danny on the bench, but today I think we got it right."

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