Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray’s verdict on Derby County win

ROVERS boss Tony Mowbray is happy to have secured “an important three points” after his side’s 3-1 win over Derby.

Ravel Morrison opened the scoring but Mowbray’s men responded with goals from Scott Wharton and Tyrhys Dolan in quick succession.

Sam Gallagher wrapped up the result in stoppage time, heading home after Ryan Giles was delivered.

Mowbray felt his side looked “tired and exhausted” in the opening 45 minutes but were happy with the response after the break.

“I think Derby was good in the first half. We knew they were a possession-based team, going to Bournemouth and having more possession is quite telling I think,” the Rovers chief said.

“We knew how they were going to play. We didn’t really have any preparation for the day after the previous game at the weekend, it cost the team a lot by losing a goal in the 92nd minute.

“Maybe I should have changed six or seven players because we looked really tired and exhausted in the first half. There was a lot of fear in them and we weren’t playing because we play on the front foot. .

“It was just a conversation about our expectations at half-time and we put ourselves forward in the second half. We gave Derby more problems and ended up getting the job done.

The result sees Rovers cement their place in the top six ahead of Saturday’s trip to relegation-threatened Reading.

They had scored just once in their last nine games before the game and Mowbray was delighted to see his side regain their goalscoring touch.

He added: “We need to score more goals from open play. We scored one at the end – Giles put in a great cross and Gallagher scored.

“I’m happy for the team and happy for the forwards. An important three. We’ll go to Reading and see if we can make three more on Saturday.

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