JONATHAN Woodgate admitted his side could have played better at Ewood Park, but insisted: "It's a sign of a good team, when you can grind out results."

Cherries won 2-0 against Blackburn Rovers thanks to goals from Philip Billing and Arnaut Danjuma.

Chances were at a premium throughout the contest, with Rovers almost pulling a goal back in second-half stoppage time, with Adam Armstrong denied from the penalty spot by Asmir Begovic.

Asked if this win was just as satisfying as recent more free-flowing successes, Woodgate told the Daily Echo: "Yeah, ugly Bournemouth. I’ll take that all day long.

"Sometimes people say pretty Bournemouth, soft and all that. Not at the minute.

"That was a strong performance, that. Two centre-backs (were) magnificent.

"When you’re a centre-back and you get a clean sheet and you’re heading balls out and stuff like that, it’s great.

"But it’s not all going to be perfect and sunny every single day. Sometimes you’ve got to really grind results out and we did that."

The victory was a third in succession in the Championship for Cherries. The only other time they have embarked on such a run came back in November.

Despite the victory, Cherries remain seventh in the table.

Discussing the importance of continuing the run of results, Woodgate said: "We’ve got to keep on winning games.

"We weren’t at our most fluent today, but that happens. But a very good four days over Easter, getting back-to-back results was very good for us and important."

He added: "We ground it out. It was a professional performance.

"We can play better at times, but it’s a sign of a good team, when you can grind out results and I thought we did that.

"Since I’ve been here we’ve only had one defeat away from home, so we’ve improved that side of the game, which we needed to do.

"Coming away from home it’s not all about being pretty. It’s about getting results and we did that today."