Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray dedicated his side's 2-1 win at Portsmouth to their travelling fans.

Tony Mowbray dedicates win over Portsmouth to travelling Blackburn fans

Tony Mowbray dedicates win over Portsmouth to travelling Blackburn fans

More than 800 supporters journeyed 250 miles to the south coast to see Adam Armstrong's double fire 10-man Rovers to victory, which moved them level on points with second-placed Wigan in Sky Bet League One.

Mowbray said: 'It is a difficult place to come, particularly in the second half with them kicking towards their supporters in the second half, it was always going to be difficult.

'They got an equaliser early in the second half and we thought it was going to be backs to the wall.

'That's for our supporters who travelled a long way and won't get back until the early hours.

'We are trying to build a connection with our supporters, it hasn't been the closest relationship over the last few years and to come to places like this and there's 800 who have come here, it's important they have a good journey home.

'For us, the bigger picture is that we're trying to get out of this league so need to come here and win.

'This is an intimidating place to come, a fantastic footballing arena, and great credit to the people of Portsmouth who come out and support their team.

'But it's great for us and the spirit of our team in a difficult environment and getting the points.'

Armstrong slotted Blackburn in front with a well-taken 23rd minute goal, the Newcastle loanee's second in as many games.

Pompey levelled early in the second half courtesy of a Conor Chaplin header.

But Armstrong ended Blackburn's run of two games without a win three minutes from time after catching the home defence off guard.

Even the sending off of substitute Lewis Travis in stoppage time for a poor challenge on Nathan Thompson could not deny Blackburn their win.

Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett was left to rue missed second-half chances as his side slumped to defeat.

Jackett said: 'We put a lot of pressure on, played at a good tempo and showed a good attitude.

'There was a high number of chances. At times I thought we were trying to knock the door down and not unlock it.

'We were unlucky to lose the game overall but Armstrong was clinical on two occasions.

'We had momentum at times but it looked like it was petering out into a draw.'