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It was a top performance from the lads

Tony Mowbray was chuffed to see his side edge the game against Stoke City

22 September 2018

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Tony Mowbray says Rovers' 3-2 triumph over Stoke City was just about deserved and hailed his side for their determination.

After going 3-0 up inside the opening 47 minutes of the game thanks to goals from Bradley Dack, Danny Graham and Harrison Reed.

But Stoke battled back through strikes from Saido Berahino and Tom Ince to make it a nervy final 10 minutes in the Potteries.

Rovers had to ride their luck late on, with David Raya producing an unbelievable stop from Peter Crouch before Berahino clattered the bar and missed a penalty in the final minute.

So how did Mowbray reflect on the clash once the dust had settled?

"I think first and foremost we deserved to win," the boss began.

"Our play for an hour or so was pretty special - as good as I've seen in my tenure here.

"We were tenacious, positive with the ball, we played forward, we created chances and looked like we could score goals and we defended brilliantly at times, putting your body on the line, blocking shots and winning headers.

"To come here and play against a team that played in the Premier League last year, with an amazing team on the pitch and an amazing bench behind, to go 3-0 up and we had an amazing chance to go 4-0 up.

"We nearly blew it, but I would prefer to talk about how we played.

"Momentum of a goal can swing things and they got two in a minute and it swung the crowd from being really, really negative to being really positive, but we got the points.

"I was disappointed with the goals we conceded, but I think it's just young players needing to get a bit of game knowledge and know-how of how to see a game out.

"Generally it was a top performance from them and we deserved to win."


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