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Sam's the man!

The boss was thrilled with the impact off the bench from the striker, who popped up with the winner at Stoke

1 December 2019

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When two substitutes combine for the winning goal in the final five minutes, it's fair to say that some of the credit has to go to the manager.

That was what happened for Rovers at Stoke City on Saturday, with Elliott Bennett racing down the right flank and crossing for Sam Gallagher to sweep home a late winner.

The big striker's third goal of the season ensured Rovers turned a good week into a great one with three wins in as many games in the space of seven days having triumphed over Barnsley, Brentford and Michael O'Neill's Potters.

It's been a week to remember, and speaking after the game, Mowbray was delighted for Gallagher to grab the headlines in what was another gutsy display from his side.

“He’s a striker, he’s a centre forward, he has to score goals, that’s his job really, but I’m delighted for him because it’s been a tough shift," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers after the 2-1 win at the bet365 Stadium.

“What I see from Sam is that he gives everything he’s got every game.

“He runs, he chases, he fights, he takes a physical battering and as long as he gives us that I’m happy with him.

“I know we want goals, because every team needs goals, and I’m sure if he keeps doing what he’s doing, goals will come.

“If anything, he’s working too hard, working away down the sides and chasing things into corners. A lot of strikers don’t do any of that running, they stand in the six-yard box and wait for the ball to come and score and get the glory.

“Sam is working really hard for this team and as long as he keeps doing that I’ll be happy with him.”

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