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Mowbray: We could have scored more

The boss was thrilled to return to winning ways against Millwall at Ewood Park

14 September 2019

Tony Mowbray was thrilled to see his side get back to winning ways as a change of system earned Rovers all three points at home to Millwall.

A Derrick Williams scorcher arrived before Bradley Dack's second half tap in as the hosts picked up a deserved three points alongside a third successive home clean sheet.

Mowbray's men looked composed defensively with a new three at the back system that saw Tosin Adarabioyo join Darragh Lenihan and Williams in a new look backline.

And speaking afterwards, the boss was pleased to see the hard work pay off for his side.

“It’s only Millwall’s second defeat all season, and I felt that while they made it difficult for us at times, we could have scored four or five goals," he reflected to iFollow Rovers post-match.

“We had a couple one-one-one’s with their keeper.

"I didn’t really enjoy it today. We have done a lot with this three at the back and been really fluent in training we looked spectacular some days.

“When you go out and do it live against an opposition who are set up to make life difficult for you and are a hardworking team then it was difficult at times.

“But we got the points which is what football’s about and we move on to the next one and keep working with the team, trying to improve and keep going.”

The boss made an alteration at the break with Sam Gallagher entering the action in place of John Buckley, whilst Joe Rothwell entered the action in place of Adarabioyo on the hour mark.

And he added that the versatility of the squad can only be beneficial.

“You can change games when you need something different, as we did second half when we started playing 3-4-3," he said.

“We tried to take the threat of their full backs out seeing lots of the ball out of it and there are lots of ways of playing three at the back.

“When I arrived we played three at the back most games and it was more a 5-4-1, trying to be solid and playing on the counter attack.

“We played Sam Gallagher as a wide striker hitting long diagonals to him and we had a lot of joy doing it.

“Lenihan and Williams have had four clean sheets and deserved to be keep going and they have a fantastic rapport with each other and an excellent understanding.

“But Tosin was fit so I wanted to have a look at it today because in training he’s an amazing passer of the ball and is real Premier League quality.

“I think he has to get used to the tempo of our team, the intensity we play at.

“We’re not like City and can stroll about and play passes all day, we have to play with an intensity, high up the pitch and bit by bit he’ll get there I’m sure and he’ll be a good acquisition for us I’m sure.”


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