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Tony hails his high-scoring hitman

The striker continued his excellent form with a brace against Walsall

31 January 2018

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Danny Graham wasn't going to play against Walsall in midweek, but after another two-goal haul from the striker, we reckon Tony Mowbray's pleased he did give him the nod after all.

Graham's brace came in the opening half of the game to ensure Rovers went in with the advantage at the break.

And although he didn't complete his hat-trick, his all round display left Mowbray thrilled with his wily old fox.

"The first goal was just a fantastic finish. From a tight angle, he just smashed it in. It's what you expect," Tony told iFollow Rovers after the win.

"Other strikers would have fired it past the post, but Danny just rifles it in the bottom corner.

"He then showed great power and strength for his second goal, from a great pick-out from Richie (Smallwood).

"He wasn't going to play two days ago to be honest and then when I started watching Walsall, I felt he could give their right-sided centre-half some physical problems, so we decided to play Danny.

"Danny knows the way I work. I analyse the next team and if I think it's a game for speed and power in behind, I'll leave him on the bench. He's a type of striker and he's been fantastic for us."

And with another tricky trip to come on Saturday, with the long journey down to Plymouth, Tony wants more of the same from Danny, who will be hoping to transfer eight goals in his last eight Ewood outings into finishing off chances on the road.

"His goals return over the last dozen games or so has been amazing and I hope he's enjoying his football.

"I hope we can continue to utilise him, but Danny knows how I am. He needs the ball working into the final third, putting into the box and then he can score."

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