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Richie: The goals came at crucial times

Early goals in each half were perfect tonics for Rovers, says the midfielder

30 January 2018

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Early goals in each half gave Rovers the perfect platform to go on to comfortably beat Walsall, according to midfielder Richie Smallwood.

Danny Graham's strike just four minutes in gave the hosts the perfect start before Bradley Dack's excellent finish just a minute after the break killed off any hopes of a Walsall comeback.

And both were vital for Rovers at the time, says Richie Smallwood, who played his part in another big three point haul.

“It was another massive game, especially after the result at the weekend. We managed to keep our run going on Saturday and managed to put a bit of pressure on the teams around us with the win against Walsall," the King of Ewood said when reflecting to iFollow Rovers. 

“Early goals always help. It’s important when we go in front to make it count. We started on the front foot and had chances.
 
"We really fancied it tonight but didn’t take our chances and let them back in the game, which is disappointing.
 
“But that early goal in the second half was key. When there is only one goal difference it could go either way. It’s vital to get the next goal and that’s what we managed to do."
 
The only disappointment for Smallwood was that Rovers couldn't add to their tally on the night after dominating for almost all of the game against the Saddlers.
 
“When you sense you have a chance to score a few more you have to go for it but I thought their ‘keeper did well. Goal difference could be massive at the end of the season," he concluded.

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