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Tony Mowbray singles out Blackburn man following Birmingham thrashing



Blackburn Rovers moved to within a point of the top two in the Championship as they brushed aside Birmingham City for their fifth successive league victory.

John Buckley opened the scoring very early on in the game but then Rovers had to wait until the second half to double their advantage as Reda Khadra pounced.

Then it was the turn of Ben Brereton-Diaz to make his mark, scoring not only from the penalty spot but also with a header on the goal-line to make it 19 goals for the campaign.

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Another player who wasn’t on the scoresheet though but really impressed was Ireland international Darragh Lenihan, with his performance being singled out by manager Tony Mowbray for special credit.

It was Rovers’ fifth consecutive clean sheet as well who were ruthless when it came to protecting their 18-yard box.

They restricted Birmingham City to just two shots on target which ultimately allowed the side to express themselves further forward.

Speaking to Lancashire Live, Mowbray praised Lenihan and his contribution to the win: “I need to mention Lenihan.

“He has the added responsibility of being captain. That requires leadership and he’s showing that, he’s standing out like a man mountain.

“I’m delighted for Darragh. He’s right at the top of his game at the moment. You can tell by the way he plays on the front foot, he’s towering over people six inches taller than him.

“His passing looks so assured. I just think he has clear pictures in his mind of how we want to play and what his job is.”

The Verdict

Tony Mowbray is right to single out his captain for praise. Blackburn have been on another level defensively in the last five games and that is partly down to his captain.

Obviously, the return of Jean Paul van Hecke and Scott Wharton helps matters, but Lenihan is playing at the top of his game at the moment.

The worry for Rovers will be if clubs come sniffing around in January, with the Irishman’s contract due to expire at the end of this season.

Nonetheless, if Rovers can keep hold of him, it will due their promotion chances the world of good.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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