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Planned to perfection

As far as game plans go, the trip to Bristol City went like a dream for Tony Mowbray's men

16 December 2019

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There wouldn't have been many Rovers players that ran further than Sam Gallagher at Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.

The big striker didn't get the goal that his play deserved, with the 24-year-old's powerful half-volley midway through the first half being the closest he came to scoring, but he put in some shift for the team at Ashton Gate.

Gallagher was one of six changes to the starting XI made by Tony Mowbray in a vintage performance on the road, and the frontman was beaming after helping Rovers to a fifth win in the last six games. 

“It was a big performance from all the boys both with the ball and without it, and you could see how hard everyone worked - we definitely deserved the three points," the attacker reflected to iFollow Rovers.

“We made a few changes and everyone came in to show the competition that we’ve got here. The team spirit at the end, it was brilliant.

“With so many games coming thick and fast, you saw the boys that have worked so hard in the last few weeks get a bit of a rest at the weekend.

“Some of the other lads have come in and done a good job.

“Being on the bench the last few games and watching how well the lads have been doing, to get the chance, it was important to put a good shift in."

Bradley Johnson's scorching strike inside the opening two minutes got the visitors up and running in what was a terrific away performance from the first minute until the last.

Adam Armstrong emerged off the bench to make the game safe late on and earn and eye-catching three points against the Robins, who were fourth in the table prior to kick-off.

“It was a brilliant goal and you could see how happy everyone was for Johno," Gallagher added.

"It was a great goal and a great finish from him.

“It just teed us up for the game that we wanted to play, to be solid, work hard with and without the ball and get at them on the counter.

“We broke and looked dangerous every time we got the ball back. It was planned to perfection.

“Being 1-0 up away from home, you’re always under pressure, especially against a team like Bristol who you know will keep coming at you. When that second goal went in there was a lot of relief."


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