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Defender delight at Rovers return

Posted: Thu 14 Feb 2013
Author: rovers.co.uk

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Bradley Orr has spoken of his pleasure at being back involved in the first team at Rovers.

The defender had started the season as first choice right back for the club but lost his place when Henning Berg took over at the beginning of November.

Orr then spent a three-month spell with fellow npower Championship club Ipswich Town, but with Michael Appleton taking over as manager in January the experienced defender returned once that deal ended and has since played his part in Rovers' last three matches.

"I’m really enjoying it," Orr said. "I just love playing football and certainly for a great club like Blackburn. It is a privilege for someone like myself.

"What happened earlier on in the season was a little bit out of my hands. I was told more or less to find myself a club.

"But football changes all the time. The staff at the club changed and the new manager came in and gave me a phone call straight away, he said he saw a role for me at the club still, which was obviously very encouraging for me."

The 30-year-old believes Appleton has made a huge difference since taking over as manager, and with the club enjoying a run of one defeat in ten league and cup outings, Orr feels that they can make a real push for the top spots.

"Spirit is what the dressing room has got in abundance at the minute," added Orr. "The gaffer has come in and instilled a work ethic that has certainly gone through the roof in terms of tempo in training.

"There is a real will to win for your mate, not just for yourself but you don’t want to let anyone down.

"We are putting our bodies on the line and if we can just improve keeping the ball offensively, creating more chances for our flair players, then that will stand us in good stead for the remainder of the season.

"We're in touching distance, we aren't getting ahead of ourselves, it isn't beyond us."

Rovers are back in action this Saturday when they face Arsenal in the 5th round of the FA Cup with Budweiser.

Only a handful of tickets remain for Saturday's match, call the ticket office on 0871 222 1444 for further information.