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Richie: We were solid, professional and efficient

Smallwood reflects on another three-point haul for Tony Mowbray's side

10 March 2018

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Midfield enforcer Richie Smallwood felt the team scored goals at crucial times in a "solid, professional and efficient" display against Blackpool at Ewood Park on Saturday.

Adam Armstrong's brace came in the second half after Bradley Dack's 15th goal of the season on the stroke of half time gave Rovers the advantage at the break.
 
After having to withstand some pretty heavy Tangerines pressure, Armstrong struck his first - a beauty - with 21 minutes to go until full time to kill off any hopes of a Blackpool comeback.
 
And Smallwood reflected on what he feels was "the perfect day" for Mowbray's men.
 
“We saw that a few results went our way when we got in the changing room. It was the perfect day. We were solid, professional and efficient," the 27-year-old said to iFollow Rovers.
 
“The second goal was crucial, and what a goal it was. From there we knew the game was won. They deflated a little bit but before then they had a good spell.
 
"They have some good, dangerous players and some good passers and pacy wingers, too. We always know how psychological a goal just before half time can be and fortunately it went our way today."
 
And Richie was impressed with the display from two-goal Armstrong, and was particularly dazzled by the 21-year-old's first - a pearler which was curled into the top corner.
 
“The lay-off to Adam was great - it had the perfect weight on it," Smallwood added. "The finish was brilliant. He’s on fire at the moment, Player of the Month, and hopefully that continues."
 
We've nine games to go and the next one comes at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium next Saturday. Tickets remain for the clash and you can purchase yours by clicking here

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