Rovers booked their place in the third round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra.
Danny Graham’s first-half goal was enough to give Rovers the victory in what was a comfortable game.
Rovers began the game in control and should have gone ahead after 20 minutes. A cross from Conway was met by Nuttall 10 yards out, who should have buried his chance.
4 minutes later, the Blue and Whites took the lead. Full-back Derrick Williams played a brilliant through ball to Graham, who put the ball past Garratt in the Crewe goal.
Rovers continued to dominate and Graham was unlucky not to add to his goal. The ball dropped to the veteran who unleashed a first-time strike that cannoned off the bar.
The half time whistle went with Rovers in the ascendancy and began the second half the same way.
Rovers had a host of shots and attacks in the second half but the ball wouldn’t fall for a Blue and White shirt.
In the 62nd minute, Crewe should’ve equalised. Dagnall was left free in the box and hit the post from 8 yards out.
This was a wake-up call for Rovers, who sprung back into life, especially with the introduction of Dack.
Sam Hart was unlucky not to score and both Tomlinson and Smallwood both had chances to double our lead.
As the clock ran down, Rovers continued to minimise the threat, although Bowery had a long shot which flew past the post.
Rovers managed to hold out and book their place in the third round.
It was a relatively comfortable performance and the likes of Travis and Tomlinson impressed in the first team.
Mowbray’s men will face Hull City in the third round at Ewood Park, which will take place on the weekend of the 6th of January.
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We asked our Twitter followers (@rovers_chat) for their thoughts on the game.
Frustrated not to of finished the job off at Ewood the first time round but great to be in the hat 🎩. Bring on the Tigers 🐅, I feel Rovers can pull off a shock in round 3.
— Luke Thornley (@lthornley1) December 13, 2017
A breeze, result never in doubt, until it was when they hit post. Should have been 4 up
— Michael Taylor (@MarpleLeaf) December 13, 2017