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Boss delighted after completing a winning week

Tony Mowbray was beaming after Sam Gallagher's third of the season sealed a third successive three points at Stoke City

30 November 2019

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What a difference a week makes in football.

Starting with a victory over Barnsley at Ewood Park, Rovers grew in confidence to defeat Brentford before another late goal ensured a third triumph in the space of seven days, this time at Stoke City.

Sam Gallagher was the hero in the Potteries, bagging from close range with just five minutes remaining to make it nine points in a wonder week for Tony Mowbray's charges.

Bradley Dack kept up his red hot form with a fourth goal in three games after 13 minutes and it looked like Rovers would hold on until substitute Scott Hogan bagged with nine minutes to go.

But Rovers once again showed their character to go right until the end.

“We controlled the game generally, particularly in the first half when we really caused them some problems," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers after the game.

“There was an anxiety in their stadium because results haven’t gone the way they’d have liked, and yet Michael won his first two games in charge.

“I’m happy enough. We will win games away from home because we have good players, camaraderie and spirit.

“I’m pleased for everybody. It was a long week, a third game in a week.

“I don’t think you can ever question our team’s desire, aside from maybe the first half against Birmingham, which I was unhappy with.

“They were chasing the game and I felt it was a good time to bring Sam on.

“In fairness to Danny, he worked so hard for us for an hour, attempting to hold the ball up, get us up the pitch and bring others into play.

“There was a lot more space down the side for us after they switched to a back three and Sam’s big, strong and powerful," he added.

“We broke away, picked the right pass and scored. It was a great counter attack."

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