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“I hit it well, the first touch set it up nicely and it was definitely worth a hit"

9 December 2019

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It was one of Adam Armstrong's best strikes in blue-and-white, and the frontman was delighted that his goal against Derby County at the weekend proved to be the match-winner.

Rovers were the better team against Phillip Cocu's Rams, but had to bide their time to get the goal their play deserved thanks to Armstrong's scorcher.

A great first touch from a Corry Evans pass set the 22-year-old up perfectly, he took the chance early and produced a thumping effort that flew beyond the despairing dive of Ben Hamer.

That proved to be the difference on the day as Rovers made it four wins from their last four Championship outings and a second successive home clean sheet.

“It was nice," Armstrong told iFollow Rovers when reflecting on the goal.

"I felt that I had chances throughout the game, and so did the other lads, so it was great to see it hit the back of the net and help us get the three points.

“I hit it well, the first touch set it up nicely and it was definitely worth a hit.

“Sometimes they come off and sometimes they don’t but thankfully for us it flew into the back of the net.

“I thought we were brilliant and deserved the win, passing the ball out from the back and creating chances.

“If the opportunities weren’t being created then there would be a problem, but we are creating so let’s hope we can keep it up."

And whilst he will get the plaudits for being the hero with his fourth goal of the season, Armstrong was also quick to heap praise on the Rovers backline for getting another shutout.

“When you’re getting pressured in games late on it’s important to hold out," he added.

“Last season we’d probably be letting goals in towards the end, but this season we’ve been brilliant defensively.

“Christian [Walton] made a great save at the end and he’s kept us in games a few times over the last couple of weeks, so hopefully he can keep that form going.”

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