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A horrible game but a vital three points

Tony Mowbray was happy with the result but not the performance

3 November 2018

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Gritty, ugly wins are sometimes the best ones, and that proved to be the case for Tony Mowbray and Rovers against QPR earlier today.

A late Bradley Dack penalty was the difference between the two sides in a game that lacked chances, but Rovers were the ones who picked up the points thanks to Dack's ninth of the season.

And whilst pleased with the win, the boss was left disappointed by the display from his side, who have set high standards throughout Mowbray's reign.

“It was a horrible game, let’s not disguise that. It wasn’t a great spectacle," the boss said in typical honest fashion after the game.

“We had to win ugly, we had to dig in. Other weeks we’ve played really well and only come away with a draw.

“We had to concentrate defensively as their recent record suggests that they keep clean sheets. I think Steve has them well drilled.

“It was a difficult game, they defended well and it was scrappy. We went long, weren’t fluent, but we got a penalty in the end and won it."

Dack's spot kick won it after Ben Brereton was taken down in the box, but did Mowbray believe the referee's decision was the right one?

“The referee, I’d never question integrity, but he had a difficult time with some decisions. I couldn’t believe my eyes at some of his calls," he added.

“I think Ben was barged over. Was it a penalty? To be honest I don’t really care. Let’s hope we can move on and produce a better performance next week."

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