Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray was relieved after feeling a sense of deja vu during his side's 3-0 win over Portsmouth.

Tony Mowbray praises Blackburn's finishing in win over Portsmouth

Tony Mowbray praises Blackburn's finishing in win over Portsmouth

Rovers were well worth the points and made their chances pay, in contrast to their profligacy during a midweek draw against Plymouth.

Bradley Dack lashed in his third of the season in the 38th minute and Danny Graham superbly doubled the lead early in the second half.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men when Dominic Samuel kicked out but Craig Conway's delicate finish in the 90th minute underlined their dominance.

It moves Blackburn into the top six for the first time this season and after extending their unbeaten home run to four, Mowbray was relieved that his side took their chances - reserving special praise for 'natural finisher' Dack.

He said: "I think it was an important result for us. I still sit here frustrated that we didn't win on Tuesday with all the opportunities we had.

"It felt a little bit like that. We hit the crossbar, missed a few chances, and it was feeling a little bit like deja vu but thankfully Bradley did what he does in training every day, smashes one in.

"He's going to be a big player for this club moving forward. I'm pleased for him. He scored midweek, he scored again today. I'm pretty sure if he stays fit and keeps working as hard as he is, he's going to get well into double figures, if not towards 20.

"I see it in training every day. He's a natural finisher with both feet and I'm looking forward to seeing how he goes for the rest of the season."

Kenny Jackett bemoaned his side's inability to be resilient on the road, where they have lost four out of the last five.

"Blackburn made less mistakes than us," he said. "Up to the first goal, there was one clear cut chance either end. And then after 37 minutes, it's a really poor mistake.

"It's the sort of mistake that Blackburn didn't make today. We had to work hard in every department, very hard.

"For us, there are too many times when we gift the opposition chances, and as you go up the leagues and play against better players, they won't turn down that invitation.

"As a side, you have to be resilient, less brittle, some times come to places like this where you can sustain bouts of pressure without giving chances away. And if they score against you, it has to be something special,

"The first goal is not necessarily about individuals but about us learning from that, being better, being able to come to Blackburn and be more resilient in terms of our defending."


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