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Impressed by the new boys

10 August 2015

Gary Bowyer was delighted with the way his new signings performed against Wolves on Saturday.

The manager handed first starts to Nathan Delfouneso and Danny Guthrie, whilst fellow summer arrival Fode Koita made an impact as a second half substitute.

It was the run from former Villa youngster Delfouneso that lead to Rovers scoring their goal at Ewood, whilst Guthrie was busy in the centre of the park all afternoon, drawing praise from Bowyer.

"I thought Nathan showed glimpses," he told Radio Rovers. "He was powerful in the air for us which we needed. 

"His strong run lead to the equaliser and he adds a little bit of difference to the attack.

"With Danny you can see the quality he brings to the team, the calmness about him in possession.

"He is only going to get better when he gets fitter, because he has only been with us two weeks now, so for us to be where we are so soon is pleasing."

Bowyer was also pleased with the impact that second half substitute Fode Koita made.

Introduced with 15 minutes to go, the Frenchman went close to opening his account with a shot that was tipped onto the post in what was an impressive cameo from the forward.

"He is unpredictable and when you've got someone who is unpredictable, it is exciting," added Bowyer.

"I think everyone saw when he went on the pitch how many chances he made for himself and that he isn't afraid to unleash that weapon of a left foot - and he's equally strong with his right foot at times as well.

"He's only been in the building a couple of weeks so we have to give him time to settle and he's got to adapt quickly to the English game, but I think you saw the strength and the quality that he can produce.

"He's got to build on that now. We're not going to get carried away and we're going to have to be patient to make sure he understands our game.

"He's got some talent, he's got some ability, there is lots to work on and lots for him to improve on, but if he can take it on board, there's no reason why he can't progress, like all our players."

Rovers are on cup duty this Tuesday night with Shrewsbury Town the visitors to Ewood Park in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Tickets are on open sale priced at just £10 for Adults, £5 Seniors/18-21yrs, and just £1 for Juniors aged 17 and under.

Book online today at www.eticketing.co.uk/onerovers and collect from Ewood Park on the day of the game.

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