Jon Dahl Tomasson reflects on ‘deserved’ Blackburn Rovers win

Jon Dahl Tomasson was delighted to send Rovers’ traveling contingent away happy after Ben Brereton scored his third of the season to hand them a 1-0 victory at Blackpool.

Brereton scored when he was played by Bradley Dack to put Rovers ahead in the 16th minute, a lead they would have added in the second half had it not been for Dan Grimshaw’s excellent goalkeeper.

And happy to be back on a winning streak after a three-game losing streak without scoring, Tomasson said: “It was a great result, these games, the derbies, can be tough to play away from home.

“We brought 3,500 supporters, I think they enjoyed it. They were helping us and it was a deserved victory.

“Coming here to Blackpool is not an easy place to come to, and we played an intense game with and without the ball.

“We were good, played with few touches, we created chances, we probably should have scored more goals. We had a lot of shots on target, off target, and I think we looked dangerous in the transition moments.

“In this way, it was a big victory. I enjoyed it, I think our fans enjoyed it, for sure.

The goal was a quality moment from Rovers who were clinical on the break to open up the Seasiders defence.

He said: “We talked about that space behind the backline when we were winning the ball, keeping that in the team and then playing some touches, playing forward.

“We played one touch on Dack, two touches on Ben who ran behind at the moment, good timing and a great goal.

“We had a few chances, and when you’re a former striker, you’re not happy not to score goals.

“First of all the way we created the chances was brilliant, creating a lot of chances in an away game, in a derby game, is not easy so I will be positive that way.

“It would be good for me if we could score the second goal.”

Dom Hyam came on for his Rovers debut as Tomasson made five changes from the side beaten by Stoke City at the weekend.

Daniel Ayala missed with a calf problem, but the new signing was a dominating presence in the heart of the baseline alongside Hayden Carter who came on for his first start of the season.

“First of all, great to have Dom. A defender likes a clean sheet,” Tomasson said.

“As a coach you like a clean sheet.

“He trained with us yesterday so playing a game straight away, with Hayden out for four weeks and Trav at right-back, might not be the best combination, but those boys did a great job.

“When you play a lot of games, of course you have to use the team and we didn’t have the chance to use the team.

“The squad is stretched and hopefully when the transfer window closes we will have a bigger squad that way.”

Brereton now has three goals in seven league appearances, his first since the 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

On the prospect of keeping him past the transfer deadline, he said: “Let’s wait and see, I hope.

“Ben has great quality, works hard for the team.

“When I came here he wasn’t working so hard without the ball, but now he’s flying with a smile on his face.

“I hope he can stay and if not, we need a lot of money.”

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