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Confident we'll soon start to click - Bennett

Elliott eager to show his quality each and every day

17 August 2017

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Elliott Bennett says there is no excusing Rovers' disappointing start to the season, but he is confident the new-look group will soon start to gel.

The 28-year-old, who has started each of Rovers' opening three games, believes the side showed signs of what they are capable of at Coventry in the Carabao Cup and it is now a case of replicating that performance into the league. 

"There's no excuses for losing games," said the versatile midfielder.

"I'm not a believer in making excuses up, but we have signed a lot of new players, it's a new league, everyone is adapting.

"Once that happens and we all click together, I think we saw signs against Coventry in the cup that we can do what the manager wants us to do, it's just implementing it in the league."

Rovers have an opportunity to get their first points on the board at Bradford this weekend, but Bennett knows that it will be no mean feat, against a side that hasn't lost at home in the league since March 2016.

He says Rovers will first have to match their opponents' work rate and desire, and then hope that their quality shines through.

"There's not an easy game in any league wherever you play," he added.

"Even in cup games, you see teams going to lower division opposition and losing games.

"There's no easy game - it's 11 men against 11 men and they want to win just as much as you want to win.

"It's about bringing your quality on the day and then matching everything else that comes with that in the game." 

With an array of attacking talent at manager Tony Mowbray's disposal, Bennett knows that he will have to be at his best each and every day, in order to retain his place in the team.

"There's loads (of competition for places) and that's what the gaffer wanted to create" he added.

"That's what it's about, you have to be at it on a Saturday and all throughout the week.

"It's not about just turning up and knowing you're going to play, you've got to be at it all throughout the week to make sure you're in that starting XI, because the gaffer's got a wealth of choices to pick from."

Bennett remains confident that Rovers can have a successful season and insists that everyone is focused on the job in hand.

"There's no beating around the bush," he added.

"Sometimes when you're not favourites, you talk about just wanting to see how we get on, take it game by game, but that's not the case with us.

"We all know the job in hand and the sooner that we can get that first win on the board I'm sure that we'll start to string a few wins and performances together."

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