Tony Mowbray was full of praise after his Blackburn Rovers side earned their first points of the League One season with a one-goal victory at Bradford City.
Dominic Samuel’s second-half header was enough to settle the hard-fought match in Rovers’ favour, and inflict a first home league defeat on the Bantams since March 2016.
Having lost their first two games, Mowbray admits he made certain demands of his players going into Saturday’s clash, and he felt they answered his every call.
“I asked for 100 per-cent effort, graft and commitment and I think that’s what we got,” he said.
“I want us to be better footballers, I want us to play to the strikers better, to deliver the ball into the box better in the final third, but generally I could ask no more of them today.”
Being in English football’s third tier is no picnic, admits the Ewood Park boss, and he says the minimum requirement this season will be to match the physical desire of opposition teams before hopefully allowing talent to shine through.
“This league is hugely physical and everybody gives everything they’ve got and if you don’t match that then you aren’t going to win many football matches,” Mowbray added.
“It showed them a lesson really that if we give that effort and desire then we are going to be difficult to beat and will win some matches.”
Rovers are back on home soil on Wednesday when Premier League outfit Burnley are the visitors for a Carabao Cup tussle.