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Willem: I enjoyed being thrown in the deep end

Tomlinson pleased the boss took the plunge by playing him at Peterborough

11 December 2017

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Willem Tomlinson admitted it was an "unbelievable feeling" to be thrown in at half time at the weekend, with Tony Mowbray showing trust in the youngster.

Willem came on in place of Corry Evans at 1-0 down at Peterborough and produced an astute performance alongside Richie Smallwood in the Rovers midfield and helped the team to yet another victory.

And the 19-year-old hopes he's done enough to continue his gametime in the first team.

"It was an unbelievable feeling to play in the first team," Willem told iFollow after the win.

"The gaffer said at half time that I was going on and I am happy to have been given that chance. I felt I played well after being thrown in the deep end in a way at 1-0 down.

"We came out flying and got the early goal which spurred us on to get the other two. The equaliser set us off nicely.

"I've been waiting for my opportunity and finally got it. It gives me confidence. I believe in myself a lot more now, it's a really good feeling.

"I've had to be patient but hopefully now I can be thrown in in more games from here on in. I've worked hard and tried to catch the gaffer's eye."

And a recent contract extension has shown Mowbray has always had faith in his midfield man - and Tomlinson's hoping to repay that.

"I've always said I wanted to stay here, at a big club," he added.

"I want to go up the leagues here and get promotions under my belt.

"I'm hoping for more football and continue to show what I can do, helping us to win more matches."

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