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Richie highlights the importance of sharing

Midfielder Smallwood discusses the Rovers scoresheet and Peterborough ahead of weekend trip

8 December 2017

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"The manager has a real headache, but it's a good one to have," says Richie Smallwood when analysing Rovers' striking options ahead of the trip south this weekend.

Smallwood's been a key cog in the well oiled Rovers machine of late, but whilst the attackers get the plaudits for their goal exploits in recent times, the 26-year-old is happy to continue doing his job.

Richie does the dirty work, but admits he's content with cleaning up in his holding midfield role as long as Tony Mowbray's strikers keep finding the back of the net in regular fashion.

"We're sharing the goals around, which is taking the pressure off all the strikers," Smallwood told iFollow.

"When Danny [Graham] has played he's scored, Joe Nuttall's come in and scored, Dom [Samuel] has scored goals when called upon, Dacky [Bradley Dack] is another to get six or seven goals this season, as has Marcus Antonsson.

"The manager has a real headache with his strikers, but it's a good one to have.

"You then also have Charlie [Mulgrew] who's doing his job at the back and also finding the net, which is important as well.

"Charlie's a very good player, his quality is there to see. I think when you look at Bolton Wanderers last season in this division, the two centre halves got 10 goals each, so if you've got defenders who can do that it certainly helps your cause."

If Rovers are to make it five consecutive league wins, Richie's adament they'll have to work hard for it this weekend.

He's well aware of the threat Grant McCann's side pose ahead of the clash at the ABAX Stadium, but Rovers will have done their homework on their opponents.

"Peterborough will be another tough game when we head down there at the weekend," the ex-Middlesbrough man said.

"But we've been good away from home and are in good form, so we head down there confident of getting a result.

"They can score plenty of goals themselves. They like to play good football but we'll study them, look to keep things tight at the back and exploit those holes that they'll leave when they push forward.

"They are a good side. They're right up there at the moment and will fancy their chances of being towards the top of the league come the end of the season."

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