Daily Mirror



SONDRE TRONSTAD says Blackburn can be real contenders once they sort out their home form.

Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side made it four straight away wins, their best run in the top two tiers in 22 years. But they have won just once in their last five at Ewood Park.

Scott Wharton opened the scoring early on for the visitors but late goals from Andrew Moran and Sammie Szmodics – his 11th of the season – ultimately secured the points.

“We’re more solid away from home and we need to find that right way at home,” said Norwegian midfielder Tronstad (above).

“If we can sort our home form out that would be a big boost for us.

“We play good football and score a lot of goals but we need to defend better at times to be at the top searching for the play-offs.”

It was a big win for Rovers against a Stoke side who had gone five games without defeat and not conceded for 440 minutes.

But it was a sorry end to Alex Neil’s side’s fine run.

And Stoke defender Enda Stevens is determined to get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.

He said: “It’s frustratin­g. It’s a learning curve for us and one that we want to put to bed quickly.

“We lacked in both boxes. We lacked creativity and a cutting edge and we didn’t defend when we needed to.

“But we can’t let our heads get down. We can’t dwell on that and let it become two defeats.

“We want to get back to winning ways and keeping clean sheets. We can’t be disappoint­ed, we’ve got to keep that confidence we have and try to put it right.”

Stoke will get a quick chance to put things right tomorrow when they travel to QPR. Blackburn are at home to Birmingham on Wednesday.

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