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Boss delighted with 'controlled' display

“It was a pretty controlled performance for the majority of the game and we played the game mainly in their half"

7 December 2019

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Adam Armstrong was the hero as Rovers earned a fourth successive Championship victory, to the delight of Tony Mowbray.

The boss named an unchanged side for the latest success against Derby County, and saw his team's dominance pay off thanks to Armstrong's scorcher.

Despite largely bossing the game against Phillip Cocu's Rams, Rovers were indebted to Christian Walton in the final moments of the encounter, with the loanee beating away a snapshot from substitute Jack Marriott to preserve his team's slender advantage and earn the points.

And speaking after the game, Mowbray was thrilled to see the hard work pay off for his charges.

“First of all we’re delighted to get the three points over the line," he beamed to iFollow Rovers.

“Adam had a good chance towards the end of the first half and should have scored, a few things flashed about their six-yard, but we didn’t have loads of clear-cut chances.

“It was a pretty controlled performance for the majority of the game and we played the game mainly in their half.

“They’re a dangerous team on transition. They have ball carriers in [Tom] Lawrence and [Duane] Holmes, and have a powerful boy up front in [Martyn] Waghorn.

“It was a dangerous game for us but we saw off their threats and scored an amazing. Let’s put the points in the bag and move on."

Armstrong's fourth strike of the campaign was the difference at Ewood Park and it might well go down as a Goal of the Season contender after the forward lashed home a ferocious effort from 20 yards into the top corner.

“Adam deserved the goal because he works his socks off, being a centre forward out in a wide area," Mowbray added.

“He’s got a capacity to do that job and that’s why we do it. He wants to play down the middle and he’s a threat down the middle.

“If we can slide balls in to him, at this moment he’s doing amazing for the team and scoring goals from a wide position, which are invaluable for any team.

“We’re happy that he’s enjoying his football and working as hard as he is.”

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