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We always believed the goals would come for Sam

The striker got off the mark in the league after returning in the summer with a brace at Preston North End

28 October 2019

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The relief on the face of Sam Gallagher's face after scoring his first two league goals as a permanent Rover on Saturday was clear to see.

It had been a frustrating run for the frontman in the Championship prior to bagging his first after little more than 30 seconds at Deepdale against Preston North End.

His second came soon after, with the 24-year-old brilliantly curling a left-footed attempt beyond the despairing dive of home goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

Gallagher's performance and goals was one of the highlights of what was eventually a truly disappointing day for Rovers.

And Tony Mowbray admitted afterwards that the former Southampton man was the team's shining light.

“Sam worked hard, but Sam has always worked hard," he told iFollow Rovers when asked about the forward's diaplay in the local derby.

“Just because he doesn’t score a goal, it doesn’t mean he’s not working hard or not doing his job.

“I’m pleased for him that he got some goals, because centre forwards ultimately get judged on goals.

“That’s why he’s here, to score goals. He’s had a slow start for us, because it’s difficult when you move 250 miles and you’ve got to move your family and you’ve got to find a house and settle in.

“It’s been a tough couple of months probably for him, but ultimately in the long run, Sam Gallagher will be a good centre forward at this club and will score lots of goals I’m sure," he added.

“He’s a very honest, hard-working, young guy, who’s got no edges to him. He’s a big honest boy and I’m sure he’ll score goals in his career at Blackburn Rovers.”

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