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Mowbray: I'm so proud of the lads

Halloween's come and gone, but Rovers found the time to come back from the dead against Sheffield Wednesday

2 November 2019

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A beaming Tony Mowbray was bursting with pride after seeing his side pull of a tremendous comeback to beat Sheffield Wednesday late on and return to winning ways.

John Buckley was the hero on the day, making an instant impact off the bench to bag the winning goal against the high-flying Owls and cause pandemonium at Ewood Park.

Buckley's strike came after Tosin Adarabioyo's looping header had levelled things up with two minutes remaining after Jacob Murphy's tap in just moments earlier.

It was like the Rovers of old, with Mowbray's men showing the spirit, desire and hard work that was part of what got the club back to this level a couple of seasons ago.

The boss joked to iFollow Rovers: “I’ve just told our sports science department that it was a good thing I didn’t have a heart monitor on as it would have been breaking!

“There are some great days in football. I’ve been in the game 40 years and days like today are the ones you should really cherish.

“I’m so proud of the team that they dug in and they fought really hard against a good side who could have gone third or second in the league with the win.

“I felt we could have scored on the counter attack and we had shots blocked, penalty shouts turned down, the ‘keeper making great saves, and then they go down the other end and score.

“It had been a difficult spell of results for us and you’re left wondering at that point when the next win would come," he added.

“The performance today showed to me that the players still believe and still work so hard for each other. This is their team, not mine. I pick the team, but they have to go out as mates together and fight.

“They deserved it, they stuck together and there were some big performances. Tosin showed a big performance at the back.

“Derrick [Williams] moved to left back and we let Tosin compete with the big guy rather than go right and left. Tosin was magnificent today."

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