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Boss delighted with Arma display

The attacker produced a Man of the Match performance against Leeds United

20 October 2018

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Tony Mowbray reserved special praise for Adam Armstrong following the forward's man-of-the-match performance in the thrilling 2-1 victory over Leeds United at Ewood Park.

In the absence of regular Leeds full-backs Luke Ayling and Barry Douglas, Armstrong was a constant threat down the left flank, using his blistering pace to devastating effect time and time again.

The 21-year-old won both corners from which Danny Graham and Darragh Lenihan scored headed goals, as Rovers made it back-to-back league wins to rise to fifth in the Championship table.

His manager, who signed Armstrong on a permanent deal in the summer after working with him in sucessful spells at Coventry and Rovers, was delighted with his energetic display.

"They might argue that both of their full-backs who play regularly are unavailable for them, but that's part and parcel of football," said Mowbray after the match.

"I'd have to say when I saw Leeds, Luke Ayling was probably their best player, so that was probably a plus for us today that he didn't play and (Gaetano) Berardi has been out for a while. 

"Adam made hay whilst the sun shines really.

"He's only a young boy still. His ability to keep going and then to burst - the speed that he can produce after the energy that he needs to expend to go up and down, to be a wide player in this time, is fantastic for him.

"Because he does want to play centre forward as his career develops and yet what an asset in wide areas with space in front of him to take people on and if he's benefiting the team more by doing that then that's what we'll continue to do.

"And you can see the benefit of Danny Graham, taking the weight off the team, playing up front against the centre halves and that allows Bradley (Dack) to buy a bit of space.

"So let's just keep going. It was a big physical effort today from everybody. We'll be in tomorrow to cool down and assess the knocks and niggles, and start preparation for Swansea."

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