Date: 19th November 2017 at 7:13pm
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The scoreline suggests Blackburn were comfortable at struggling Bury, but Tony Mowbray insists that was far from the case in the 3-0 win at Gigg Lane.

Marcus Antonsson opened the scoring early on when firing a Bradley Dack pass beyond Bury goalkeeper Leo Fasan – the on-loan Leeds forward doubled the lead before the break when he headed in another Dack assist to become Rovers’ top goalscorer with six.

Dack, who deserved something for his efforts, wrapped up the points when he finished into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Quality made the difference but Mowbray was quick to praise the part Bury played and how he felt the relegation threatened – at this stage – side deserve ‘a lot of respect.’

‘It’s never comfortable in football. A couple of bits of quality in the first half knocked the stuffing out of them I think and we finished the game pretty comfortably,’ Mowbray was quoted by the Official Website post-match.

He continued: ‘You have to give a lot of respect to Bury. They’re unlucky to be where they are to be honest. They play nice football but it was a game for us to come here and win and that was the only option today, particularly with the run they’ve been on. For long spells it was a dangerous game for us, but it’s a hurdle we’ve got over and we move forward to the next game now.’

The boss went on to praise the work Richie Smallwood and Peter Whittingham did when helping the midfield to protect the defence, meaning it wasn’t all about the attacking play of show.

He was ‘happy with the performance’ and is now looking for his side to go into each game with full belief and confidence we’ll come away from it with all three points.

Mowbray finished: ‘When you come into games like this there seems to be a nervous energy that we’ve got to go straight out there and get the job done, but as the season unwinds that nervous tension turns into complete belief and the players can’t see anything else but a win.’

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