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Tony: Adam's goals return no surprise to me

The boss reflects on an excellent month for his loan star

9 March 2018

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When he was reunited with Adam Armstrong back in the January transfer window, Tony Mowbray knew what he was getting.

The boss told us so, and judging by the striker's excellent form in February - and the start of March - he was right.

Armstrong's first full month as a Rovers man resulted in the 21-year-old earning the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month award after a goal-filled February that saw him notch four goals.

He also laid on a couple of assists in that time and is really turning into a firm fans' favourite after some superb displays - something that boss Mowbray never doubted would hapen.

"It's been no surprise to me to be fair. I've worked with Adam at this level before. He has qualities and attributes that I utilise," the boss said confidently.

"He's a fantastic lad and a great personality. He fits in great with the dressing room. He just has the right qualities that this team needs. If you've got a Jack Payne or a Bradley Dack, who can manipulate the ball and slide passes in behind teams, you need speed and Adam brings fantastic speed and directness, so I think the combination works well.

"We're delighted he's here and it's no surprise to me that he's scoring goals, finishing with both feet and getting in behind teams. Hopefully he's going to help us in the last 10 games and I'm sure he will.

"I'm delighted that he's won an award. He's probably won one or two in the past, but I'm pleased for him because it shows that he's doing well and scoring goals.

"I think he loves scoring goals. The best strikers are desperate to score every time they're on the pitch.

"I think Adam brings that. The attributes that he brings with his speed and his sharpness as well, he's just a good football player."

Another piece of the jigsaw which was added to in January, Armstrong's been a regular in a well oiled Rovers mashine of late, and his manager is delighted with the impact he's having on the team as a whole.

"We're glad he's here, to be part of the team," Mowbray added. "As I've always said, it needs balance. We need Danny Graham's strength and physicality, we need Bradley Dack's creativity and we need an Adam Armstrong to run in behind and stretch teams.

"It's all about balance and you pick the right team on any given day and if it's not working for whatever reason, you have the ability off the bench to change it, which is what we've been managing to do.

"Let's keep going. Let's hope Adam's got a few more goals in those boots."

You can see if Adam can continue his hot scoring streak when Blackpool visit Ewood Park on Saturday. Purchase your tickets for the Lancashire derby by clicking here.

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