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Our best performance under the boss

Danny Graham looks back on the victory against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium

22 September 2018

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Danny Graham says there are positives and negatives to take from Rovers' display against Stoke City, but overall felt it was the team's best ever performance under Tony Mowbray.

Graham was one of three different scorers as Rovers blitzed into a 3-0 lead inside the opening 47 minutes at the bet365 Stadium.
 
But the introduction of substitutes Saido Berahino and Peter Crouch proved inspired by the hosts, with the former scoring and then setting up Tom Ince as City scored twice in a matter of minutes.
 
That led to a nervy ending to the barnstorming battle, with Berahino missing a penalty late in the day as Rovers held on for a valuable three points.
 
“We can’t do what we did in the final 10 minutes, it’s as simple as that," Danny reflected after the game.
 
"You come to Stoke, who have just been relegated, and go 3-0 up, to let them back in it seemed a bit soft and naive.
 
“We’re delighted with the result but on the other hand we’re disappointed with the last 10-12 minutes.
 
“We’ve conceded late goals against Ipswich and against Villa, and on another day the penalty goes in here.
 
“The positives are coming here and playing the way we did for 70-75 minutes and scoring the three goals. But we can’t let teams in as easy as we did today."
 
Derrick Williams was the oldest in the back five at 25 and Graham believes the win will be a massive learning curve for the defensive unit and the whole team.
 
And he's hailed the group's determination to ensure the three points were taken back up the M6.
 
“We’re a young group who are still learning but this is a massive three points for us. I’d say it’s the best we’ve played since the gaffer has been here," he added.
 
“We passed the ball, put our bodies on the line when we needed to, got the goals and everything seemed to be going well."

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