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Tony: Back at our best

The boss was thrilled by Saturday's big win over Shrewsbury

13 January 2018

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Tony Mowbray was delighted by the performance from his Rovers side during Saurday's 3-1 win over promotion rivals Shrewsbury.

Goals from Charlie Mulgrew (2) and Danny Graham were enough to seal the vital win at Ewood Park, and move the Blues to within two points of League One's automatic promotion places.

Speaking after the game, Mowbray was full of praise for his players, and believes the result was thoroughly deserved.

“I’m pleased, I thought the performance level was what we’d hoped for," he said. "If we play as well as we did today throughout the rest of the season, there aren’t many teams that will be able to beat us.

“I didn’t want them to be so over-hyped that they forgot to play, or too undercooked where a team with a lot of pressure and drive would give us problems.

“I think we got it about right and from start to finish we were on top today.

“We’ve studied Shrewsbury who have done fantastically well this year, they have a lot of athleticism in their team so we were primed to go and match that really.

“We said beforehand that we had to give our maximum with no half-hearted performances from anyone and I think we got the job done today."

Shrewsbury drew level before half-time following a controversial penalty decision, given against goalkeeper David Raya, before Rovers went on to win the game.

“I couldn’t see it from where I was, but our analysts showed us at half-time, and it looked to me like David got two hands on the ball," Mowbray added. "The ball actually diverts away from the striker, but it doesn’t matter.

“I don’t want to talk about the referee; if it had been 1-1 I would have been really frustrated with his performance, but it doesn’t matter. 

“I’m sure he has to look at his big decisions and see how many he got right and wrong – we’ll just move on.

“We had to use the frustration at half-time to the benefit of the team and make sure we didn’t step off the gas. We kept it going with the intensity and I’ll be interested to see some of the numbers on Monday.

“We spoke about the intensity dropping off over Christmas and New Year and put it down to illness with a few under the weather. We’ve had a good period of preparation for this one and it seemed to me that we were back at it today."

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