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Now we are a team that's front foot, press high, that combines quick, that controls the possession, that attacks smartly, that attacks with numbers. And we have a few tactical surprises.

Pep Clotet

Pep Clotet gives his thoughts after this evening's win over Rovers.

Pep Clotet on tonight's result and performance...

"I'm delighted for our fans, for the performance of our players all over the pitch, because it was not an easy game. Blackburn were just one point behind us and I think they have improved massively from last season. I really like the way they play, they try and play from the back and create problems. We knew it was going to be a very difficult game, especially because we wanted to win in that way. That's given us four wins from the last five home games and I'm happy that the fans are seeing that but we still have work to do."

Pep Clotet on the great move that led to the winning goal...

"I feel that combination is fantastic because it ends up with a clean goal. It sums up what we're trying to do - the fact that we can control the game, the flow, playing quick and electric football to be near that box and then surprise them by ending up with numbers in the box. It was very good tactical surprise that the full-back appears at the back post and we are able to find him. I think it was a wonderful goal and it's credit to the players."

Pep Clotet on his side surviving some tense moments in the second-half...

"We were under pressure for five or six minutes because Blackburn started the second-half on the front foot. We knew for us to get ahead in the game properly we needed that second goal. Unfortunately it didn't come, but at the moments we had to defend, we showed a lot of attitude and organisation. And we just waited for that moment for us to come on the break or to control it a bit more with the ball. We had chances, Jukey (Lukas Jutkiewicz) was a clear chance and we created some more, but I think at the end of the day the whole performance was very solid. The fans can be a bit more optimistic. I think it's important when you lose a game to focus on the positives, things that went well despite the result. Today we won and I'm thinking about what the negative points were that I can try and use to improve. All our players have the same mentality, despite getting the points we'll look for things we can do better, for our fans to enjoy."

Pep Clotet on his side's strong home form, picking up 13 points from a possible 18...
"It's massive for us, firstly because our players love to play here, they love to play in front of their fans. And now we feel comfortable with that kind of football. It's been growing for a few weeks and we love how we play, and we know that our fans are loving it as well, and that creates a connection. In this Championship you need to have balance and knowing that you are very strong at home allows you to experiment and take the away games as bonuses to try and go for the wins. Our home form is massive and it's down to the fact that our players love to play in front of the fans."

Pep Clotet on the continued progression of his team since the start of the season...

"Remember when we won a little but undeservedly at Brentford, we did all the right things to be able to win, but we only created one chance and scored one goal, so that's where we've come from. There has been a lot of work, the players, the staff, the whole club has been working very hard to correct mistakes, to get organised to see how we can get the best out of the abilities of our players. The fact that we turned what we were at Brentford into what we are now, it's massive. Now we are a team that's front foot, press high, that combines quick, that controls the possession, that attacks smartly, that attacks with numbers. And we have a few tactical surprises. It's still early, there are still going to be little setbacks because we have a young team. But the fact that we are doing this and at the same time developing young players, it's massive for the Club."
          
Pep Clotet update on the injury to Gary Gardner which forced him to miss tonight's game...

"On that free-kick against Leeds it was not right on his standing leg, he fell straightaway. It was something in the knee. He got checked on Sunday by a specialist and this morning had a little surgery in London. There was a piece of miniscus removed, a minor operation. It's not a big thing but I hope he's going to be back in four to six weeks."

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