Date: 26th July 2017 at 9:57am
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Blackburn secured a win in the penultimate pre-season friendly ahead of the League One season, which gets underway Saturday week.

A solitary Danny Graham goal was enough to secure Rovers a 1-0 victory at Blundell Park on Tuesday.

Following a goalless first half, which saw Blackburn goalkeeper David Raya called into action, Tony Mowbray turned to Dominic Samuel, handing him his first involvement, but it was the familiar face of Graham who won it for Rovers.

Graham’s fourth goal of a pre-season was enough to give Blackburn a win with the pre-season schedule ending at Carlisle’s Brunton Park on Friday.

With Jason Steele linked with a transfer to Sunderland can we read too much into the decision of Mowbray to include two substitute keepers, obviously including Steel, on the bench?

Blackburn: Raya, Caddis, Ward (sub Platt 89 mins), Mulgrew (c), Williams (sub Doyle 72 mins), Feeney (sub Dack 46 mins), Whittingham (sub Smallwood 65 mins), Tomlinson (sub Nyambe 46 mins), Bennett, Gladwin (sub Samuel 60 mins), Graham (sub Rankin-Costello 76 mins).
Subs not used: Steele (GK), Fisher (GK), Travis, Hardcastle.

Mowbray said he wasn’t happy with the first half performance as he thought the players looked leggy and tired, telling the players as much as they got a bit of a rollocking in the end.

However, the boss admitted to the Lancashire Telegraph the ‘extremely hard’ morning training session ahead of the game probably wouldn’t have helped.

‘I thought it was a tired performance – I thought we were a bit leggy and the fluency wasn’t there that we’ve seen in other games. I was a bit unhappy with them at half-time, but as I said to them afterwards, I’m the manager, I’m allowed to get annoyed with them.’

Adding: ‘If there is an excuse then it’s that they worked extremely hard in training that morning, because pre-season is still about getting fit and I think it looked like that. We were a bit leggy, we weren’t as bright and as sharp at getting through their lines as quickly as we have been doing.’

Defensively Mowbray was impressed though and a few managed to get a 90 minutes they needed, which all plays a part as Blackburn plan for the season opener against Southend in a little over a week.

‘We did ok, defensively we looked pretty solid and it’s another 90 minutes for a few of them under their belts and we will start to hone the team towards what we’re looking for at Southend in the next few days.’

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