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We found a way to win

The boss gives his reaction to the encounter against Gerhard Struber's side at Ewood Park

23 November 2019

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Tony Mowbray says he was pleased by the determination shown by his side to recover twice to earn victory at home to a resilient Barnsley side.

Bradley Dack bagged a brace, with his second strike ultimately proving to be the match-winning moment after Rovers were pegged back twice by Gerhard Struber's Tykes.

Dack scored in the first half to give Rovers a slender advantage at the interval, before Conor Chaplin equalised for the visitors.

Regaining the lead through substitute Stewart Downing's right-footed rocket, Barnsley recovered again through Cauley Woodrow, before Dack struck with four minutes remaining.

“It was all about just getting the points today," Mowbray reflected after the game.

"I know the statistics about Barnsley, but they are a good footballing side with young players who express themselves.

“I watched them be 2-0 up at West Brom recently and they are a good side. They have a coach who had his first game today and for us it was about getting the points, despite making it difficult at times.

“You need your big players to come to the party today, Dack did that and so did Stewy Downing. We needed the points today and managed to get them.

“We found a way to win."

Downing produced the goods to be the super-sub on the day, but the boss also reserved praise for fellow replacement Danny Graham.

“Stewy is technically our best footballer," Mowbray added.

"When we needed him he came off the bench and made a difference in the game, which is what you ask of your substitutes when they go on.

“Danny Graham came on as well and held the ball up well. He’s a fans favourite and they want him to play every minute of every game, but he’s someone who is pushing on in years now despite being brilliant for us, but I need to manage him, in my opinion."

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