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Mowbray: Ward made the most of his opportunity

17 April 2017

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Boss Tony Mowbray was delighted to see Elliott Ward seize his opportunity in Rovers' 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Friday.

The experienced defender hadn't played for Rovers since sustaining an ankle ligament injury on the opening day of the campaign, but he stepped straight into a new-look back three with a composed display.

Mowbray felt he was always going to give Ward a chance to play, and was pleased to see him make the most of it.

"The lad has been frustrated since I've come in," said the manager told Rovers PlayerHD.

"I've had him sat down in my office a number of times because there are so many centre-halves at this club, yet there are so many injured now.

"Wes played last week because Wes has been around the squad and he needed an opportunity to do it, and yet I always knew that Elliott would get his opportunity.

"I do feel he is better in the middle of a three rather than in a four with a partner and full backs pushing on and not leaving too much space down the sides.

"He's immaculate with the ball, his passing, his composure, his positional play, he is 6'4", all great assets and that is why he has played at the top level.

"There was obviously the fitness issues when I first came but he has worked hard in training every day, he has played in the Under-23 game and the opportunity was there in front of him."

Rovers are back in action this Monday afternoon when Bristol City are the visitors to Ewood Park.

Tickets are on open sale up until the 3pm kick-off, with prices from £18 Adults, £12 Concessions and just £7 for Juniors aged 17 and under. Buy online now at and collect from the Roverstore collection point ahead of the match.

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