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Benno: It's good to be back!

The popular midfielder made a winning return to action on Boxing Day

27 December 2017

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Elliott Bennett was delighted to make a return for Rovers during Tuesday's win over Rochdale, and wants to end the calendar year on a high.

The midfielder was named in the starting line-up at Ewood Park after serving a four-match suspension and played a key role in the 2-0 victory.  

Bennett won a penalty which was converted by Charlie Mulgrew and, speaking after the game, was naturally delighted to be back.

“It’s been a frustrating few weeks, I’ve missed four games but the lads have been fantastic in that time," he said.

"I’m delighted to be back out there and grateful to the gaffer for putting me straight back in.

“We’re realistic, we’re not going to win every single game. It’s about picking up points and reacting when we don’t.

“It was a fantastic result today and we’ll move on to the next one now.

“They started quite well really, and we had to dig in and see that out. Once we’d scored the first one it was about trying to get a second and thankfully we did that quickly. 

“The gaffer tells me to keep running and I did that to win the penalty. If you ask David [Raya], he’ll tell you I do that a lot in training, I don’t like keepers touching the ball too much!

“I thought I’d try to get to the ball; at first I was going to turn but I felt his hands on my back and went down.

“We didn’t play as well as we have done in the first half, but it’s about finding ways to win, whether or not you play well.

“You have to dig in and it’s just about picking up three points, I’m delighted we did that today."

Attention now turns to Saturday's clash with fourth-placed Scunthorpe, and Bennett says Rovers want to end 2017 on a positive note.

“No team plays well all the time and when you’ve got games coming all the time as we have at the minute, it’s just about winning the next one," he added.

“We can rest up now and have a two-day build-up before Saturday’s game.

“To be honest, they’re all big games. We’ve got a goal that we want to achieve this season, we want to get promoted so every game is massive.

“We’ve still got one more game this year and want to end it on a high.

“We were all disappointed with how we started the season, but we’ve reacted to that. I think everyone is really grasping what the manager wants.

“When we’re on the front foot, I don’t think teams can deal with us and we need to continue that.

“I believe in every single one of those lads in the dressing room. You look at the bench and think ‘wow’, that’s a squad that the gaffer has put together and we’ll all be needed."

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