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Lacking intensity but a great win

"When I stand here after the game, with the points in the bag, the result is all that counts"

19 January 2019

Tony Mowbray felt Rovers weren't at their fluid best against Ipswich Town, but was thrilled to see his team do enough to get the win at Ewood Park.

Rovers have won three Championship games in a row for the first time since March 2015, as goals from Danny Graham and Joe Nuttall earned a crucial three points against the Tractor Boys.

It wasn't a vintage performance from Mowbray's men, but the points are all that matter, and in the end it was a deserved victory on home turf.

“I thought Ipswich were alright in spells today and tried to play," the boss reflected to iFollow Rovers after the game.

"They gave us a few problems and our intensity levels were down. I wasn’t very happy at half time. 

“The 120 minutes against Newcastle may have had something to do with the intensity levels, but when you want to play against a team that plays it out from the back, you can be played around.
 
“I know at our best we’d have taken the ball off them and scored a few more goals. But when I stand here after the game, with the points in the bag, the result is all that counts."
 
Another fillip for Mowbray will have been a second successive shutout, with the team following up the clean sheet at Millwall last weekend with another this afternoon.
 
“We got the clean sheet, which was fantastic, and I’m delighted for Jack Rodwell and Darragh [Lenihan], who I think has been magnificent in the last three or four games," Mowbray added.
 
“I’m also delighted for David Raya as goalkeepers should live off clean sheets.
 
“We hit the post a few times and had a few chances, but I have to be respectful to Ipswich. They are a club very close to my heart. I spent nine years there at a great club with great people.
 
“I wish Paul well in the quest to stay in the league. They showed flashes at what they can do."

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