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We always believed the goals would arrive

"We have to score goals from all over the pitch this year if we’re to be a threat to the division"

15 September 2019

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What a difference a couple of games makes for Rovers...

After initially struggling to find the net at the beginning of the season alarm bells may well have been ringing for Tony Mowbray and his squad.

But the last two outings have seen the goals flow, with two each coming at West Bromwich Albion and then in the victory against Millwall at Ewood on Saturday afternoon.

And whilst there may have been some doubting Rovers' quality in the final third, the boss always backed his boys to deliver the goods.

Mowbray told iFollow Rovers: “I said the players this week, ‘what goals are we going to score against Millwall?’

“I thought we’d have a lot of the ball, we talked about getting in behind them and cutting it back, a bit like the second goal.

“We spoke about the fact that Stewy Downing was the only goal we’ve scored from outside the box this season and that’s something we need develop and work on. The fact Derrick did that is great.

“With three centre backs you can get that high up the pitch if they’re only playing with one striker, not overlapping like Sheffield United, but picking when to push on.

“There’s no need to have three playing against one. You can push one of your centre halves in to the heart of midfield and push a midfielder in to the box.

“That’s what Derrick [Williams] did. Strode forward because they only had one striker and he drilled it in,"

It's been quite a start to the season for Williams who, after going almost two years without scoring, now has two goals in a matter of a few years.

The centre back bagged the winner at Hull City prior to opening the scoring against The Lions at the weekend.

“I was pleased for him," Mowbray added.

"We have to score goals from all over the pitch this year if we’re to be a threat to the division.

“It’s been tough at the start of the season scoring goals but I think the signs are there the goals will come.

“I don’t have any concerns that the goals won’t come in games.

“What’s pleasing of course is clean sheets at the other end.”

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