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Delighted for Danny

18 July 2016

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Owen Coyle admits he is delighted to see fans favourite Danny Graham amongst the goals so far this summer.

The former Sunderland striker, who scored seven goals in 18 appearances whilst on loan at Ewood Park last season, has netted the winner in Rovers' opening two pre-season outings.

Graham's clinical second-half strike proved to be the difference against Austrian side SV Ried as Rovers rounded off their warm weather training camp with a 1-0 win and he followed that up with the only goal of the game against Bury on Saturday.

The 30-year-old headed home Connor Mahoney's corner on seven minutes and came within a whisker of adding a second after the interval, only to see his crisp left-foot strike cannon back off the woodwork.   

Coyle, a former striker himself, insists the summer signing is currently brimming with confidence and clearly enjoying his football in Rovers' colours.

"That feeling of stepping on the field thinking I'm going to score in every game, he will probably feel that he should have scored in the second period as well when he rattled the post, but for me he's a proper number nine," said the Rovers manager.

"He's one of those players who I think can contribute to the game when he's not scoring.

"He brings the team into play, he holds it up, he battles away with the centre backs, he gives it out to the wide players, who can create and score chances, so all in all I was delighted for Danny.

"He's in a very good place, he's enjoying being at the club, he knows he's a big part of it and there's no doubt that when Danny Graham and Anthony Stokes play together, you're going to have a really potent strikeforce.

"So I'm looking forward to that, because they're both clever players, they both know where the goals are and they can hurt the opposition."

With Graham playing against Bury and Stokes facing Morecambe in Saturday's three-team tournament, the Rovers boss revealed that the supporters could see the two new frontmen line up together at Rochdale on Tuesday night, kick-off 7.45pm.

It's pay on the day at Spotland, with tickets priced at £10 for adults and £5 for juniors (aged 16 and under).

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