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Rovers' little Raya sunshine...

Rovers' 'keeper talks winning, clean sheets, Christmas and crazy celebrations!

22 December 2017

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It's not been a bad first half of the season for David Raya, who has been trusted between the sticks for the large majority of the campaign under Tony Mowbray.

And whilst Rovers fans are loving life at the moment, Spanish stopper Raya also admits that things couldn't be better for him.

The number one has been a regular feature and a key part of Rovers winning plenty of games this term and his enjoying his football at Ewood.

"There are lots of smiles on faces at the moment from the fans with Christmas round the corner, the way we've been playing and the points we've been earning," David admitted.

"The main thing is getting the three points, but personally I always enjoy helping the team with a clean sheet.

"The boss likes me to come for crosses and help the team. The gaffer needs to believe and have confidence in you, which he does with me. I enjoy playing every week and I'm thankful for the opportunities he gives me.

"We want a seventh win in a row but we just want the points to get closer to the top two and to give something back to the fans."

We all saw the 22-year-old race up the pitch to celebrate Danny Graham's goal against Charlton in the final minute last Saturday and Raya confesses he simply couldn't help himself.

"It's been great this season, winning games. We have some magnificent lads who all get on well together.

"It's not often you can celebrate with the team, but with a last minute goal I just thought I'd run up there and enjoy the moment with the lads!

"It was an important goal for us to ensure we got those three points."

So, with his family based in Catalonia in northern Spain, is there a chance Rovers fans could be mingling with the Raya clan for the two home games against Rochdale and Scunthorpe at Ewood Park?

"In Spain you get a week off, they don't train," Raya told reporters.

"But in England it's good for everybody like the fans to watch plenty of football around this time of year.

"The family won't be coming over, they'll look to see me in January time. I'll just enjoy spending Christmas with the family I have here and hoping to help the team pick up more victories."

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