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Full credit to Lawrence

2 November 2015

Gary Bowyer has been delighted with the recent displays from forward Tom Lawrence.

The Rovers boss believes there are positive signs with the way the former Manchester United youngster has partnered Jordan Rhodes up front, as seen in the 2-0 victory over Leeds United on Thursday night.

The Leicester loanee had a hand in both goals and put in a man-of-the-match display as Rovers blew away the Yorkshire side with an early double salvo. From the kick-off Lawrence attacked the Whites' defence before Craig Conway fired home Ben Marshall's centre. Then for the second goal it was Lawrence's jinking run and pass that was converted by Rhodes.

Bowyer feels that Lawrence is getting better with the more game time he gets under his belt, and has admitted that he would love to extend the 21-year-old's stay at Ewood beyond the first week of January when his loan is scheduled to end.

"Tom's got the ability to play centre-forward as he finds himself in great positions," said the Rovers boss.

"He's got a tremendous work ethic and having watched the Leeds game back you see how well he does and there were a couple of times in the first half when he came back and helped the midfield tremendously well.

"He's going the right way and they are a partnership. Jordan likes to feed off him and the way they linked up in the second half was terrific.

"He's a good player, he's come on loan from Leicester to get more games, and experience, and credit to the lad, ever since we've been following him since his Manchester United days, he went out on loan to Yeovil, and then to Rotherham, so he wants to play games.

"He could quite easily have just stayed in Leicester's squad and trained with them. But that's not in his make-up, he wants to be going out there and playing. And he's playing very well.

"He's a young player and he needs to get games under his belt to gain experience, and that's what Leicester did by sending him out on loan to us. We're in conversations with Leicester about him but we respect he is a Leicester City player. What happens in January is down to them obviously."

Lawrence and Rovers are back in action tomorrow night when they face Birmingham City.

Tickets for the match at St. Andrew's are on open sale priced at £15 for Adults, £10 for Seniors 65 & over, £10 for Students with valid NUS ID, £10 for 13-18 year-olds and £5 for fans aged 12 and under.

Tickets will go off sale at Ewood Park at 2.30pm on the day, after that they will be on sale at Birmingham, cash only from the away turnstiles.

For further information call the ticket office on 01254 372000.

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