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Caddis still gaining new experiences

Saturday's game against Crewe proved experienced Paul is still picking up knowledge

5 December 2017

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The weekend Cup clash against Crewe Alexandra provided not one but two new experiences for Rovers defender Paul Caddis.

The Scot has been in and out of the Rovers XI since signing in the summer but was given the nod to play at Ewood Park on Sunday and handed another new position.

The 29-year-old has played a variety of roles throughout his long career which has taken in stints at the likes of Swindon Town, Birmingham and Bury, and now has another string to his bow - left back.

"I think it's the first time I've started at left back," Caddis admitted.

"For about 10 years people have been saying I could fill in at left back and it's happened now.

"It took a little while to get used to but for a first timer I thought it went alright.

"It's a learning curve for everyone. I thought the young lads like Scott [Wharton] at the back did really well.

"Scott's very talented, very good with the ball at his feet and a solid defender. He's also a good lad who's willing to listen."

Reflecting on a pulsating encounter which saw Rovers race into a three-goal lead before being reduced to nine men and then pegged back by Crewe, Caddis confessed it was a unique experience.

"The game had a bit of everything really," Paul reflected.

"We were brilliant and were out of sight in the first 25 minutes.

"We got caught out - football changes in an instant and with nine men we found it tough.

"The worst thing for me is the goals we conceded. Crewe didn't have to work hard to break us down, they scored from set pieces, which is sloppy from our point of view.

"It's the first time I've even been involved in a nine v 11 game. We didn't get beat and still have a chance to get through, which is pleasing," he concluded.

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