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Tony pleased youngsters are taking chances

The boss urges the likes of Hart, Tomlinson and Travis to kick on now

14 December 2017

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Tony Mowbray confessed he was pleased Rovers' youngsters are taking their chances when they arrive under his management.

Tony's handed the likes of Joe Nuttall, Lewis Travis, Sam Hart and Willem Tomlinson opportunities in the first team in recent months and weeks

And the boss was particularly pleased with the latter trio in the FA Cup win over Crewe on Wednesday night.

"Tomlinson was good, as were Travis and Hart, when he came on," Mowbray reflected after the game.

"It's important that young players are given an opportunity.

"You need to be able to rely on them and trust them. We do need Willem at the moment and he's done very well since coming into the side.

"He passes economically and we all know I've always liked Tomlinson. He's fit, playing regularly for the Under-23s and looks good at the moment."

And the boss admits youngster Willem could be handed a first league start of the campaign this Saturday when Charlton visit Ewood Park, with Corry Evans being touch and go to make a return to the XI.

The Northern Irishman picked up a knee injury at Peterborough last weekend and will be assessed in the next 48 hours.

"We running short on midfield players out wide and in the centre," Mowbray said.

"I'd have to suggest that if Corry is unavailable - and there isn't any confirmation on that - then Willem hasn't done himself any harm with his performances."

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