After Blackburn Rovers 2-0 midweeks defeat at the hands of Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United, Tony Mowbray demanded a reaction in today’s clash against Bolton Wanderers. Despite bringing all three points back to Ewood Park, Mowbray is “a bit disappointed” with his side’s performance.
Blackburn Rovers ran away 1-0 winners in this afternoon’s clash with Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium thanks to Bradley Dack’s eighth goal of the season after 22 minutes.
The victory was a narrow one for Rovers, as they failed to create many serious chances and converted their first chance of the game 22 minutes in.
Tony Mowbray adjusted the system at half time to help see the game out, bringing in three centre backs and moving Elliott Bennett and Harrison Reed to the wing back positions.
After the game, Mowbray spoke to the Lancashire Telegraph:
“Not very good performance, a bit disappointed,” Mowbray said.
“The first 15 or 20 minutes was what we had worked on and planned for, but credit to them, they’re a team who make life difficult, they beat Derby County in their last home fixture having had 20 per cent possession.
“Do you call it winning ugly? I think it was the spirit we have that got us through. It was there on show today.
“We weren’t as fluent as we wanted, we picked a team to be fluent, and it worked all right for a while but I thought the solidity and Evans and Smallwood brought was important and that helped us get the points.
“It’s in the history books, 1-0, but we know we have to be better and we have. We went to Stoke for 80 minutes and were fantastic so every game stands on its own two feet.”
Despite not performing as he had originally wished, Mowbray was pleased that his side managed to keep a clean sheet.
“We talked about it in the video room, analysed some goals, because we had conceded at least two goals in each of our last four games and it had to stop if we are to have an ambition of winning matches.
“I thought we had to go back to three centre halves in the second half because we were going to concede as they were putting a lot of crosses in to our box and pushing us back.
“I’m delighted with the clean sheet and it’s great to see that spirit growing. Days like today feed the beast, their togetherness, cameradorie and spirit, at times you feel as if its unbreakable.
“We talked about it (the half time change) and we all had a debate and came out with a formula that got the job done.”
Late on, Bolton thought they had been given a penalty and a chance to pull back a point. However, the decision was changed after the linesman flagged for offside before Christian Doidge was fouled by Charlie Mulgrew.
“It would have been the fifth in three weeks,” Mowbray said.
“The boys are saying it was never a penalty in a million years, but he was offside.
“I haven’t seen it, the lads are saying it was almost comical to say it would have been a penalty.
“It doesn’t matter now though.”