Tony Mowbray was delighted to send the brilliant travelling support back home happy following a 3-2 victory over
The game had it all, but things were looking good once Rovers raced into t three-goal lead inside the opening 47 minutes at the bet365 Stadium.
But the visitors were left clinging on in the Potteries, with home goals from Saido Berahino and then Tom Ince ensuring a nervy finish.
Berahino missed a penalty in the final minute of normal time but Rovers held on for the three points in front of the 1,855 travelling contingent.
“Goals change games and we went from being 3-0 up and being totally dominant in the game and really should have been 4-0 up, to clinging on for our lives, otherwise it would have been another two dropped points," Mowbray assessed.
“I’m not being critical with them, it is young players knowing how to see games out. I think the first goal, from the crowd being against the team to driving them on and us really feeling as if we were playing against a Premier League side with them cheering the side on.
“It’s what we worked so hard for last year and I’m delighted that we got the three points.
“There were so many positives from the performance that I would rather talk about that than the negatives of the last 10 minutes.
“Let’s talk about the magnificent support who would have enjoyed coming to Stoke City and seeing Blackburn Rovers getting three points."