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Plenty of positives from Swans stalemate

“I’ve said to them that we will endeavour to be as controlling on the ball as they showed next year, as well as never losing the intensity we can play at"

5 May 2019

Tony Mowbray saw plenty of positive signs after his team earned a last day point at home to Swansea City at Ewood Park.

Darragh Lenihan and Bradley Dack scored the goals, either side of Courtney Baker-Richardson and then Oli McBurnie's first half efforts.

The score ended 2-2 despite Rovers bossing the second half and having good opportunities to earn all three points on home turf.

And reflecting after the game, the boss was pleased with the signs shown from his side, particularly in the second half.

“I thought the first 20 minutes we were really good," he told reporters after the game.

“If you are going to play against Swansea how we wanted them to then you have to play at an intensity level.

“After the initial 20 minutes of getting on top of them, they got on top by picking the right pass. We knew how they played, but when good teams get in to their rhythm, which they did, we had to get back to what we had  been doing.

“We spoke about that at half time and I thought we did that in the second half. I thought there was a greater intensity, we were on the front foot, asked questions, and the fact we could play two-v-two at the back, with the intensity of Lenihan and Williams, allowed us to push extra men in.

“We could have nicked it at the end. I thought we deserved the equaliser and I thought it was a good game of football.

“I’ve said to them that we will endeavour to be as controlling on the ball as they showed next year, as well as never losing the intensity we can play at.

“When you marry the two together then you will have a pretty good team.

“I think the signs have been there for much of the season.

“When you play on the front foot, as we try and do, games can run away from you as they have done at Sheffield United, Bristol City, Brentford."

And Mowbray added that he was pleased to see his side be brave and take risks in a bid to win the game against Graham Potter's side.

“It’s because the team are gambling," he said.

“You can see at times we’re playing two-v-two at the back against two pretty quick strikers and that’s the gamble you take.

“We tried to keep nicking the ball in their half and they were locked in there, and I thought we did that pretty well in the second half.

“Two or three they broke away and got past the first press, but thought we were the ones in the ascendancy and going to be the team that would have won it.”


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