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Darragh in dreamland

The defender reflects after scoring the winner for Rovers against Leeds United at the weekend

21 October 2018

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With two goals in his last 16 league outings, some might say that Darragh Lenihan is becoming prolific when venturing up from the centre of defence.

The Irishman doesn't score many - three in total in his career - but his latest strike, a powerful header on against Leeds United, proved to be the winner.

For a couple of hours Rovers were as high as fifth in the table before the 3pm kick offs, and Darragh was buzzing to get himself on the scoresheet again when speaking to iFollow Rovers after the game.

“It was a fantastic win and the atmosphere in the stadium as well was brilliant. To beat a strong team like Leeds is a big achievement for us and we can grow from the three points," he said with a smile.

“I saw my man got underneath the ball and I was able to sneak in behind. It was a great moment to get my first goal of the season and a bit of a relief.
 
“I’m not sure on the celebration. I kept sliding and sliding and fortunately Craig Conway was there to stop me from sliding into the stand!
 
“I’m not the one with the stats, but as long as I am helping the team then I’m not too worried about the goalscoring exploits. My main aim is to keep the goals out at the other end."
 
Danny Graham had given Rovers an early lead before Mateusz Klich equalised with the last kick of the first half before Lenihan's winner.
 
And the 24-year-old added that Rovers had to dig deep to ensure the three points remained at Ewood Park.
 
“We knew the last 10 minutes would be very hard because they are a good team, but the boys worked so hard to grind it out and get the result," he said.
  
“We’ve been saying for a long time about the character of the team. We knew it would be a tough game and we’d have to match them physically.
 
“Early on, I can’t say just how good Adam Armstrong was. The right back and the right centre half are probably relieved to see the back of him.
 
“We play high intensity football in every game. We know that if we match the opponent’s intensity then we believe the chances will come.
 
“At half time we were confident. We knew we’d have space. Adam had a great game and then Ben Brereton came on and frightened their defence as well.
 
“I feel that we can perform as we did in every game. We’ll keep pushing up that table."

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