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Healthy competition up front

13 February 2016

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After quickly settling into his new surroundings in Lancashire, forward Danny Graham is enjoying being part of Rovers' new-look strike force.

The team impressed in the 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough last time out, and Graham, as well as fellow loan signings Jordi Gomez and Tony Watt, are all expected to make their Ewood debuts this afternoon when Rovers take on Hull City.

But the striker knows that with healthy competition for places, they've all got to be performing to keep their places in the team.

"There's a few of us up front so everyone needs to be playing well and doing well for the team or we've got capable replacements and I'm sure the gaffer won't be afraid to pull people out and put people in," said Graham.

"So everybody needs to be on their game, but if we can keep that level of performance then it will be hard to dislodge the players who are in there."

Graham knows all about the qualities that Gomez possesses having been part of the same squad at Sunderland, so it came as no surprise to for the forward to see the Spaniard mark his debut with a goal last week. Whilst he's been equally impressed with fellow attacker Watt.

"I've played with Jordi at Sunderland so I know what Jordi is all about and what abilities he has," added the 30-year-old.

"On his day he's got a wand of a left foot and he scored one of them in training on his first day.

"He managed to get one on Saturday but his all-round game, his work ethic, his touch, his movement, everything was spot on. 

"So hopefully he can play a big part for us from now until the end of the season.

"I don't know Tony so much, but obviously everbody saw his goal against Barcelona and he's got a lot of hype to live up to because of that goal.

"But for a young lad I think he has come in and done ever so well, he was a threat on Saturday, he was good on the ball and hopefully we can work well together.

"The first performance was pleasing but it is only one performance at the end of the day, we can't get ahead of ourselves, we need to keep working hard on the training ground and keep doing it in matches."

See the new-look Rovers take on Hull City this Saturday at Ewood.

Tickets from just £22 for Adults, from £14 Seniors and 18-21yrs and from £9 Juniors aged 17 and under.

Why not avoid the matchday queues by booking online today at and collecting your tickets from the Roverstore collection point before kick-off.

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