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Boss content with battling point

Both sides finished with 10 men and it was a rollercoaster of emotions on the night in south Wales

11 December 2019

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Tony Mowbray was left content at coming away from The Liberty Stadium with a point following an entertaining draw at Swansea City on Wednesday night.

In an encounter that was full of drama, Danny Graham returned to one of his old clubs to notch his 50th league goal for Rovers inside the opening four minutes.

Swansea levelled things up through Andre Ayew soon after, before a sending off each in the second half, with Tom Carroll and Bradley Dack seeing red in separate incidents, led to end-to-end action late on,

But once the dust settled in South Wales, the boss was satisfied with his team’s display, with Rovers extending their unbeaten run to five games.

“If you watch the balance of the team, they’re very good and keep possession of the ball well, similar to what Brentford do,” Mowbray reflected to iFollow Rovers when analysing the opposition’s display.

“They play good football and our concentration levels throughout the game I felt were good.

“We scored a brilliant goal to take the lead, but eventually the best teams push you back, which they did tonight.

“So I’m really disappointed with the goal we conceded, through a set play, which I feel is really unlike us this season.

“It was a bit of a mismatch in there today with Dacky man marking Ayew for the goal.

“The desire to not get beat was there tonight, which wasn’t the case last year, when they broke us down through their passing.

“Tosin [Adarabioyo] and Darragh [Lenihan] stood up to be counted and Ryan [Nyambe] was good today as well. The midfield worked extremely hard, too.”

Carroll was shown a second yellow just before the hour mark in the topsy-turvy battle, before Dack was also handed his marching orders later on.

And Mowbray confessed that the final half an hour was a rollercoaster of emotions.

“From thinking we’d take a point from a tough game, at 11 v 10 we felt we were going to win it, and then at 10 v 10 you’re probably back thinking that you’ll take a point,” he added.

“Yet we finished pretty strongly and had the ball bouncing in their box two or three times in injury time.

“We had some chances and would be nice to talk about nicking a 2-1 win, but it’s a well earned point, a working point, and we have a game on Saturday at Bristol City to look forward to now.”

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