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A resolute defensive display from us

The boss was thrilled to keep a clean sheet at Pride Park and stay strong against a strong Rams frontline

18 September 2018

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Tony Mowbray was delighted with Rovers' defensive display, as his side denied Derby at Pride Park.

In the absence of captain Charlie Mulgrew, who missed the game through illness, Rovers recorded their fourth clean sheet from eight league games courtesy of a resolute rearguard performance.

The manager reserved special praise for the returning Derrick Williams, who deputised for Mulgrew and was part of a dogged defensive unit who put their bodies on the line in order to pick up a point.

"There were some heroic defensive performances, particularly first half, with players throwing their bodies on the line," said the Rovers boss after the goalless draw.

"It shouldn't surprise anyone, because that's our team and that's what we do.

"We had a big decision to make on Charlie. He had a sickness bug, he hadn't eaten for a day and a half, he came in and wanted to train and I told him to go home, get into bed, get some fluids inside him and come back on Thursday ready for the weekend.

"We knew that it potentially opened a window for Derrick, who was amazing for us all last season.

"It's really difficult picking teams with Derrick sitting on the bench.

"Tonight he showed what he's all about and it was a fantastic clean sheet for the team."

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