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Nuttall will continue improving, says Tony

The boss was pleased with the impact of his substitutes on Saturday

18 December 2017

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Joe Nuttall came off the bench and grabbed an assist during his time on the pitch, and although Tony Mowbray was pleased with his impact, insists the youngster will only improve over time.

Nuttall's been one of many bright sparks for Rovers since signing in the summer, with his performances in the Development Squad leading to a first team call a couple of months ago.

And Tony is eager to keep the 20-year-old grounded and continuing his development by both playing and analysing.

"Joe's a young boy who has been thrust very quickly into the limelight really. I need to be careful with him," the boss admitted.

"He still shows signs of being a young player that needs to know where to go and where to put his body.

"He wins every header in the Under-23s but struggles at times to win headers in the first team against big, physical men he's playing against at the back.

"That'll come with Joe. He's only young and he'll develop and learn off the likes of Danny Graham showing how to do it. He'll only get better."

Another goal for Graham, who now has three goals in his last four games, really does give Mowbray a headache, with all his strikers eager to play and all finding the net.

"I've really got some choices off the bench right now," Mowbray confessed.

"To throw on Danny and Joe and bring [Dominic] Samuel off, who worked tirelessly, and [Marcus] Antonsson, who's been a revelation down that left side for us this season with his performances and goals, shows the quality we have in the squad."

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