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Boss delighted for Nuttall

The youngster scored on his league debut in Tuesday's draw with Fleetwood

1 November 2017

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Tony Mowbray was delighted to see Joe Nuttall score on his league debut for Rovers, saying "he could have done no more".

The youngster came off the bench to with the scores level at 1-1 against Fleetwood at Ewood Park, and put Rovers ahead before the visitors' late equaliser saw the points shared.

Speaking after the game, Mowbray says that while the result dampened Nuttall's impressive cameo, he was very pleased with the striker's contribution.

"Joe knows where the net is; look at his goals for the Under-23s," he said.

"Tonight was a test for him against men and he was in the right position to score, he's got a knack for that and it's a fantastic one to have.

"I'm delighted for Joe, but the frustration of the result overrides any positives, and we have to take that on the chin. 

"He's not far away; he's got to keep working hard, listen, watch and learn. When he gets opportunities, he has to grab them, as he did tonight. You can't ask for more from a striker than scoring.

"He's got wonderful attributes; he's mobile, he's big and strong, he can score with both feet and his head."

Despite Nuttall's impact from the bench, the boss was quick to stress that he will have to continue to be patient in the coming weeks and months.

"Danny [Graham] worked extremely hard, Dominic [Samuel] is suspended and we also have Marcus [Antonsson], so Joe has to be patient and wait for his opportunities," he added.

“We’ll see as we move forward how much game time he gets and how much of an impact he has on the team.

“He could do no more tonight, though. He scored, he worked hard, won touch-ons and put himself in a fantastic position at the back post to score.

“He stuck it in the net which is what was asked of him, so he’s done himself no harm." 

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