Bradley Dack’s late penalty won all three points for Blackburn Rovers, as Tony Mowbray’s side defeated an in form Queens Park Rangers 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
It was a tight clash at Ewood Park, but Bradley Dack picked up his ninth of the season with just three minutes plus stoppage time remaining to succumb Steve McClaren’s Queens Park Rangers to their first loss in five games.
The victory sees Rovers climb to eighth place in the Championship, one point behind Nottingham Forest in 6th place and well amongst the chasing pack – level on points with West Bromwich Albion on 25.
After the game, Mowbray spoke to the Lancashire Telegraph, reflecting on an “ugly” clash with Queens Park Rangers.
“An ugly game, a horrible game, with no fluency and no real quality, yet the referee kept stopping it and giving free kicks. It looked 0-0 all the way, I think they had accepted 0-0 and we were trying to make attacking changes and it paid off for us.
“The lads came in after the game and they weren’t getting over-excited and know that you have to win ugly sometimes.
“We will be better and have been better and not got three points. We will put the three points in the bag, I don’t think anyone will remember the performance a month down the line.”
Mowbray went on to discuss what he said to the lads at half time, with the scores tied at 0-0.
“I said to them at half-time, make sure we don’t lose the game 1-0 as I didn’t really see a way back for us if they had have scored because they’d have made it even more difficult.
“It felt that it was going to be a 0-0, or one goal either way, and it could have easily been them coming in after a 1-0 win.
“I’ll try not to moan about the referee and be happy that we got the points.”
The gaffer also had his say on the referee’s poor performance throughout, which played a large part in making an ugly game even uglier.
“All game long, I think in the first 10 minutes he must have got about 20 things wrong and you can moan all you like at the fourth official but nothing happens.
“I have this emotional battle with myself not to get involved with the fourth official or the referee’s decisions because he will just referee the game and I can’t affect it by telling him what he’s done wrong.
“I try not to get too concerned about.
“I’m sure Steve will be unhappy because he’s come out on the wrong side of a 1-0.”