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Sam: A special moment

“It shows what a good week can do, so hopefully there’s more of that to come"

2 December 2019

There was striking delight for Sam Gallagher at the weekend after the forward emerged from the bench to bag the winning goal at Stoke City.

Back in the squad after missing out on the victory over Brentford in midweek, Gallagher made the perfect impact as a substitute; sweeping home Elliott Bennett's low cross from the right with five minutes of regular time remaining.

It was his third league goal of the season, arriving just four minutes after Scott Hogan scrambled an equaliser following Bradley Dack's early opener at the bet365 Stadium.

It was the second time in the last three matches that Rovers have scored late to win, and 24-year-old Gallagher was thrilled to be the hero.

“I don’t mind being a substitute if I can come on and score the winner," he said to iFollow Rovers with a grin.

"I’m really happy. Any winning goal, no matter who scores it, it’s a great moment and you enjoy it. The fact that I scored it makes it even more special on a personal level.

“This is the beauty of the Championship when things are going well, that ability to pick up points left, right and centre.

“It’s been a really good week and a really good month for us.

“It’s a case of feeling the rewards from an awful lot of hard work that we’ve put in and having that belief that we can win games.

“It’s maybe a case of confidence for the team, but when you look at the different sides that we’ve put out, it shows that we’re a tight knit group and everyone’s ready to step in and do a job.

“Everyone was fantastic. Benno’s showed his work rate and what he did for the goal and overall it was a real team performance."

Gallagher is hoping that Rovers can continue their red hot form when Derby County visit Ewood Park this weekend.

And he's hoping the supporters can produce the goods too, after reserving special praise for the 1,000+ travelling contingent for helping Rovers to victory in Staffordshire.

“Where it’s shot us up the table, it shows what a good week can do, so hopefully there’s more of that to come," he added enthusiastically.

“We could feel the fans supporting us throughout the game and they really dragged us through the final five minutes in particular.

“It was like having a 12th man at the end and they were brilliant."


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