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"The attacking options that we have are really exciting"

The boss was a happy man after watching an excellent performance from the team in the penultimate pre-season friendly at Bury

25 July 2019

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Tony Mowbray believes his squad are beginning to give him a real selection headache after an impressive display at League One newcomers Bury in the penultimate pre-season test of the summer.

Brilliant goals in every way, Joe Rothwell, Ben Brereton and Adam Armstrong did the damage at Gigg Lane in what was a dominant performance against The Shakers.

Rothwell's pearler started things off, with Brereton planting home a header to complete a terrific team move soon after.

Armstrong completed the scoring in the final minute, and post-match the boss was purring with what he'd witnessed.

“It was a good workout for the team and I am pleased with everybody," he began following the 3-0 victory.

“I felt that everything came together and we managed to pick holes in them, particularly in the first half with our shape.

“In the second half they dropped deeper and made things more difficult for us and we tried to get behind them as much as we could.

“We controlled the game and it was a good exercise against a team that have players trying really hard to earn themselves a contract.”

“The goals were all very different types of goals. I really do have some choices to make. How good was John Buckley in that first half? [Bradley] Dack comes on and whizzes past four or five men the first time he gets on the ball."

Options are what every manager wants, and Mowbray believes he has plenty of choices to make, particularly in the attacking areas of the pitch.

“We've got [Danny] Graham, [Ben] Brereton scored a Duncan Ferguson-esque header and Adam Armstrong scored an amazing goal as well," he added.

“Joe Rothwell scored another fantastic goal and I feel the attacking options that we have are really exciting.

“With a young backline in the first half, we defended well and I'm pleased with how things went.”

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