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Patience and hard work pays off for Lenihan

24 April 2015

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Darragh Lenihan was delighted to realise his first team dreams after making his debut for Rovers on Tuesday night.

After four years at the club, progressing through the Academy and Under-21 squads, the Dubliner finally made his senior bow, coming on as a first half substitute in Rovers' 2-0 win over Millwall.

Usually a defensive midfielder, Lenihan showed few nerves as he stepped in at the heart of the defence to play his part as Rovers picked up all three points and a welcome clean sheet.

"It was a great experience coming on in front of the home crowd at Ewood," said Lenihan.

"I've waited for this for four years now so at last it's come through so I'm pleased. Not only that but we got the win in the end, which was the main thing, and a clean sheet."

The Republic of Ireland U21 international has had to bide his time for his chance after his recall from Burton Albion at the beginning of March. Having been named on the bench 12 times before finally making his first appearance.

"I've always been the same, I've kept working and I knew I'd get my chance eventually and luckily I did," added the 21-year-old.

"I've always been like that on the training pitch, doing extra, and it has paid off.

"I just need to keep working hard and hopefully have a few more games under my belt next season."

Lenihan moved from Ireland to Rovers in the summer of 2011, but unfortunately his first couple of seasons were blighted by a serious back injury. But he maintained the belief to progress through the development squad to finally make the step up to the first team.

Lenihan added: "Of course you have your doubts, but I came over here to play football and was determined to make sure that I'd make my debut someday.

"Luckily the gaffer gave me the nod, so I'm grateful to him and the coaching staff for picking me."

Lenihan could be handed his first Rovers start this weekend when they travel to face Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

Tickets will go off sale at 4pm at the Roverstore, Ewood Park on Friday. After that fans can pay on the day at Huddersfield, cash only from the away turnstiles. Prices are  Adults £24, Seniors (60+) £14, Under 18’s £10.

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