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Beating Iron will be perfect present for Richie

The midfielder turns 27 just a day before the clash against Scunthorpe

28 December 2017

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Rovers midfielder Richie Smallwood is hoping a win against Scunthorpe will be the perfect present just a day after the ex-Iron loanee turns 27.

Richie, who Tony Mowbray has called the anchor of the team, appeared 19 times for Saturday's opponents on loan last season.

And the Rovers number 6 wants to celebrate his birthday with another three-point haul as the team aim to make it eight wins from their last nine League One games.

"With the win on Boxing Day, three points will probably be the best present for my birthday. With it being just after Christmas you don't often get too many presents, anyway," the midfielder joked.

"In all seriousness, I was only at Scunthorpe for half a season and didn't play as much as I'd have liked if I'm being honest. 

"I went down a league to get some game time. I felt part of the group and enjoyed it but I was just frustrated to not play more there."

So with Smallwood knowing the manager, players and the club, is he shocked to see Graham Alexander's side just two points and a place behind Rovers in fourth?

"I'm not surprised at all to see them up there in the league," Richie said honestly.

"The manager is good and it's a great club. It was a very big win for us in a tough game last time we met. They were probably the better team on the day if we're being honest.

"We weren't at the races at their place but we've picked up since and hopefully we can get the first goal and take the game to them."

Tickets for the clash against Scunthorpe remain on sale from the ticket office. To support the lads, secure your seat by clicking here.

We advise Rovers fans to arrive early to avoid queues.

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