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As a defender during his playing days, Tony Mowbray would have been delighted with two consecutive clean sheets

21 August 2019

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When the strikers score the goals they get the praise, so it's only right that the Rovers backline get a pat on the back, too.

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It's now two clean sheets from the last two outings for Rovers, who followed up the weekend shutout against Middlesbrough with another at Hull City on Tuesday evening.

In fact, at the KCOM Stadium it was a defender who earned the visitors all three points, with Derrick Williams popping up just after the hour mark to nod home his first goal in just under two years.

It's back-to-back games with the same back five for Tony Mowbray, who once again went with Elliott Bennett, Darragh Lenihan, Williams and Greg Cunningham in front of Christian Walton.

Assured, composed and a penalty save thrown in by loanee 'keeper Walton, it turned into a pretty good night all round, but Mowbray reserved special praise for his defence.

“Both centre backs did really well tonight, as did the two full backs, who were up against good wingers in [Kamil] Grosicki and [Jarrod] Bowen, the boss reflected to iFollow Rovers.

“Elliott and Greg did their job really well.

“It’s a huge moment [the penalty save] for Christian, because we’re very tough on our goalkeepers to be honest.

“We want them to dominate the 18-yard box, we want them to come for crosses and play the ball quickly.

“Sometimes it’s a culture change for a goalkeeper coming to a new club and having a manager shouting at him to move the ball quicker," the boss added.

“But Christian wants to get better here, he wants to play in the Premier League and I think he has the ammunition to do that.

“Hopefully we can improve him and help him achieve that."

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