Jon Dahl Tomasson grateful for Blackburn Rovers reception

Jon Dahl Tomasson was grateful for his ovation from the Rovers fans as he started his Ewood Park reign with three points.

Lewis Travis scored a superb long-range strike to give Rovers a 1-0 win over QPR in Tomasson’s first competitive game in charge.

The head coach was given a rousing reception from the home fans ahead of the game, with the Danish flags held aloft in the Blackburn End not going unnoticed.

He said of his reception: “It was brilliant, but it’s not about me, it’s about the players but I like that.

“It was great to see walking around after the game I saw some Danish flags. I’m sure there was three maybe there were five. It was great to see and it was a big win for the fans, we never forget them.

“They got behind the team because we worked very hard, the defense was solid with Scott and Daniel taking charge of the situation.”

Tomasson was delighted to start with a win, Rovers enjoying three points on the opening day for the second successful year.

“I am very pleased, our first game at Ewood Park in front of the fans, which was great,” he added.

“We have to show the passion as players, we need the fans to show their passion and they did that. We have to create a togetherness which we did, there was a great feeling.

“First half, we should have been sometimes better with our organisation, we had some issues with our defensive organisation.

“We scored a great goal, what a tremendous strike from Travis.

“A special feeling for him to be properly captain for the first time and hitting the ball, it was brilliant.

“Buckley got his 100th game for the club. We didn’t concede a shot on goal, maybe the long shot that Thomas (Kaminski) might have saved but it was a goal-kick afterwards.”

Tomasson, who refused to be drawn on links with Sammie Szmodics, felt his side could have been more clinical on the break to make more of the situations they created.

Asked if fans were given a taste of what to expect from his side, Tomasson said: “It’s a good question.

“We saw a side which thought for every one. They were fighting and we were solid.

“A clean sheet is a good start.

“If we had been better on those transition moments I think we’d have scored three or four goals today.

“We could have been better in the transition moments but we played a bad pass in good moments. In the second half, for 20 minutes, we were very dominant and kept the ball in the half of the opponent.

“We could have easily scored more goals for sure. It was a great start for this lovely project and a home win for our supporters as well.”

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