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'A sparkling performance'

The boss was thrilled by his side's display after registering a third successive home victory

27 November 2019

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Tony Mowbray was a happy man after witnessing his side triumph for the third successive home game against an in form Brentford side.

Bradley Dack's solitary strike finished of a flowing move that started from Rovers own half, and it was an excellent display from all in blue-and-white.

The closest Thomas Frank's Bees came was when playmaker Said Benrahma crashed a strike against the crossbar early in the second half.

But Rovers had further chances of their own, most notably when ex-Rover David Raya saved from the excellent Joe Rothwell when one-on-one.

A first clean sheet in 11 outings is another positive from the night in the Lancashire drizzle.

“In patches it was a sparkling performance in different ways and our goal showed that," a delighted Mowbray beamed to iFollow Rovers just after the game.

“I thought we played some wonderful football in the first half and the goal showcased that, getting behind them, cutting it back and scoring.

“The other side of the coin, our resilience, winning the ball back, counter attacking, competing, which [Corry] Evans and [Lewis] Travis were fantastic at doing that.

“Stewy Downing showed his experience and quality, [Joe] Rothwell got Man of the Match but there was so many others that could have got it.

“If you’re going to win games at this level then you need eight or nine to have good days, and there was a lot of good performances out there today.

“It was tough out there for the boys. It’s never easy in this division and tonight we were up against a team who’ve won five of their last six.

“Hopefully the result has raised a few eyebrows and it’s good to win three on the bounce at home and get us back around the area that we should be in."

A cold Saturday in Stoke awaits Mowbray's men this weekend, and the boss is keen for his side to show their excellent home form on the road at the bet365 Stadium.

“We have to find the answer to our away forms and grind results out on the road, and tonight’s performance showed that we can do that," he added.

“The lads need a break, but they’ll come in tomorrow and give them a couple of days working towards Stoke away.

“We’ve said it in the dressing room straight away, about finding an answer away from home and keep doing what we’re doing at Ewood Park.”

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