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We need to be better at winning ugly

Rovers need to improve by digging in to earn victories, says DG

23 February 2019

Danny Graham wants to see Rovers earn more gritty victories on the road, starting against Birmingham City later today.

Graham, who is Rovers' second-highest top scorer this season with 11 goals in all competitions, believes that the teams towards the top of the division are the ones who sneak the narrow wins.
 
And with 13 games remaining of the campaign, Graham's experienced enough to know that Rovers will need those sort of victories to finish as high up the table as possible.
 
“We know we’re a good match for anyone at home, but we need to go to places and grind out results that we maybe don’t deserve, 1-0s or a 0-0 draw where we’re under the cosh," the striker said to iFollow Rovers ahead of today's clash in the Midlands
 
“We’re going to have to find a way to do that sometimes. There have been times where we’ve been 1-0 up or 2-0 up and have gone out to go and get that extra goal.
 
“Sometimes that has been our downfall. We need to find ways to grind results out on the road.
 
“There was talk of the play-offs a couple of weeks ago, but we have to remember that we’re in our first season back in the Championship and are competing against clubs with some huge spending power.
 
“But it’s great for us and hopefully we can learn from the experiences we’ve had this season and get better together."
 
And on Birmingham, the 33-year-old is expecting a tough battle against a side who are managed by a former team-mate of Graham's in the form of Garry Monk.
 
“Birmingham away is a very tough game," he added.
 
"They have powerful forwards in [Che] Adams and [Lukas] Jutkiewicz and are having a good season.
 
“They’re not too far off the play-offs, but we’ve played them already and drew 2-2 when we really should have won.
 
“We’ll go there full of confidence and aiming to get the three points."

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