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We found a way to win

"On the back of the run of games we’ve had it was important to pick up the three points today"

1 January 2019

Tony Mowbray was thrilled to see his side earn a vital three points against promotion-chasing West Bromwich Albion at Ewood Park.

Goals from Charlie Mulgrew and Bradley Dack put Rovers in command before the hour before Jay Rodriguez's penalty ensured a nervy ending.

But Rovers showed their usual grit and determination to see the game out and upset the odds against Darren Moore's Baggies.

“Every three points is huge for us. On the back of the run of games we’ve had it was important to pick up the three points today," the boss said after the game.

“Yet it doesn’t change my thoughts on the team. We’re a team of warriors with the right human qualities to play the way we want to play.
 
“Over the last three games, the last four when you think we’ve played Norwich City, Leeds United, Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion back to back, they’ve been very tough games.
 
“You could feel West Brom’s quality. They are a good side with good players, but our intensity managed to overcome them.
 
“We had to find a way to win and we managed to do that today."
 
Rovers have scars to show from conceding late goals over the festive period, but the boss was pleased to see his side learn their lessons against the Albion.
 
“We’ve talked a lot about digging in. The team want to talk and put things right when you concede as many late goals as we have in recent weeks," Tony added.
 
“We came up with the best way to tackle the game and we stuck to the plan, got through it and got the job done.
 
“Against the top teams you want a bit of a cushion. I remember Manchester United under Fergie [Sir Alex Ferguson]. There would be times they needed a goal with four or five minutes to go and they would never panic. 
 
“They’d push players on and the top teams know what to do in those circumstances.
 
“The second goal gave us that cushion and it was then a huge blow to give away a penalty so soon after we went 2-0 up. 
 
“There may have been some sort of de ja vu there, especially after the Leeds game, but we did really well to see it out and earn the points."
 


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