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Gallagher deserves a goal

The boss believes the goals will soon arrive for the powerful frontman

27 September 2019

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Tony Mowbray believes the goals will soon flow for Sam Gallagher, who produced arguably his best display since returning to Rovers in last week's win over Reading.

The 24-year-old led the line excellently against The Royals and was a constant nuisance for the home side at The Madejski Stadium.

He registered a strike in the Carabao Cup against Sheffield United last month, but is still waiting for a first league goal since making the permanent switch to Ewood Park in the summer from Southampton.

But Mowbray's adament that the number 9 will find the back of the net on a regular basis soon enough, and says he has plenty of belief in the striker.

“Sam works really hard every game, whether that’s out on the wing or up front," he told iFollow Rovers ahead of this weekend's home game against Luton Town.

"Against Middlesbrough Sam gave George Friend a really tough time. But he played up front against Reading and showed that he can be a striker who can cause havoc.

“Whether we persevere with that or spot a weakness somewhere else, we’ll see how we go. He’s got the strength and size, so we’ll utilise Sam as we see fit.

“We felt he played very well against Reading but he needs a goal in the league to get himself off and running and to get his confidence up.

“Sam knows that we spent a few quid on him and the expectation of him is high. We understand that he needs to settle in despite him knowing the club from a few years ago."

Gallagher made the 250 mile move to East Lancashire back in July, and Mowbray adds that it was always going to take a little bit of time to bed back into life at Ewood Park.

“He still needs to settle in, still needs to find himself a place to live. You can’t expect footballers to move 300 miles away and just settle in.

“Tiny things that people don’t think about like gas bills and setting up the electricity bill, if there’s children involved who need schooling, which I don't think is the case for Sam, but it's things like that.

“We don’t expect him to hit the ground running, but he’s settling in fine and showed really good signs last weekend," he said.

“The goals will come for Sam. He has a rocket in his right foot and he probably needs to shoot more. He can score with his head, both feet, he’s strong, fast and powerful."

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