Mowbray – Derby Showed Qualities Needed

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Tony Mowbray followed up a point – against Burton last Friday – in his first game as Blackburn boss with a win at Ewood Park against Derby on Tuesday.

Blackburn’s 1-0 win in his Ewood debut wasn’t enough to take us out of the relegation zone but it did draw us level on points with Bristol City with goal difference the only thing keeping Rovers in the bottom three now.

When Derby defender Alex Pearce brought down Sam Gallagher it was left to Craig Conway to take the resulting penalty. He made no mistake with his spot kick ahead of the hour securing a crucial three points.

Derby almost snatched a point late on when Bradley Johnson headed against the crossbar.

If Blackburn are to stay in the Championship Mowbray knows the sort of qualities shown on Tuesday will need to be replicated. Speaking in his post-match conference he was quoted by the BBC as saying.

‘They showed some qualities that we’re going to need over the course of the remaining games – resilience, togetherness, putting bodies on line, working hard. You have to win football matches all different ways. I’m delighted for the players, supporters and the club but this is just one step, there’s 13 to go.’

He finished by saying a run of points is now this aim.

‘When you’re down the bottom, you win a game and if you lose you’re back where you were, you have to try and pick up points every game if you can.’

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