Jon Dahl Tomasson was delighted with Blackburn Rovers' 15-minute spell which secured victory against Birmingham City.

After a tight first-half, the next 45 minutes exploded into a goal fest with Rovers on the right side of six goals, winning 4-2. A brilliant start to the second half saw Sam Szmodics score twice in five minutes to put the hosts in control.

James Hill then added a third, seemingly putting the result beyond doubt. But two goals from Siriki Dembele brought the game back into the balance and set up a nervy finish until Harry Leonard made sure of the points in stoppage time.

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Reflecting on the match and the impressive 15-minute blitz that saw Rovers score three times, Tomasson was very pleased with the standard of football his team produced.
"First of all, I am pleased with the win," Tomasson said. "Our second win in a short while.

"Our performance was a bit mixed. We started very well in the first 10, 15 minutes and we were on top, Tyrhys Dolan got injured and after that, it was an open game without being a great game.

"At half-time, we spoke about playing a lot quicker, playing forward, more runs in-behind. Then the goals we scored, the way we played, was brilliant.

"It was an extremely high level, we were leading 3-0 and normally you win the game easily. We gave away two unnecessary goals and we made it too tough. 

"In the end, you saw the togetherness of the group, they can fight for each other and work hard for Rovers. It was great to see the fourth goal.

"I think we can want to have that performance for 90 minutes, that's the dream and we are ambitious. It was 20 minutes but this is what we work on in training, the difficult part is creating chances, we are trying to do that."

Rovers did let Birmingham back into the game with Dembele, a torment throughout, curling two goals in from range. Once the first went in, Blackburn's young side were guilty of turning over possession too quickly and letting Birmingham build momentum to get back into the game.

Considering the team has conceded 11 goals after the 75th minute this season, there was understandable anxiousness going into the final moments at Ewood Park.

Tomasson felt that the concessions were a mixture of quality from the opposition and moments where Rovers gave the ball away cheaply.

"You can always draw or lose a game," Tomasson said. "Even when you are 3-0 up, it should be three points in the pocket.

"When you give unnecessary goals away, which we did and happens in football, you can lose points. First of all,we can't lose the ball in unnecessary places on the pitch.

"The Championship is a great league with good players and intensity. We are always playing good opponents, we shouldn't forget that.

"We have to defend better and be more solid in some situations."