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Delighted to make his debut

Jayson Leutwiler was pleased to play his part in the win over Barnet

6 November 2017

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Jayson Leutwiler was delighted to get his career in Rovers colours off to a winning start at the weekend.

Having not featured for the club since his summer move from Shrewsbury, the Canadian keeper was handed his debut in Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Barnet in the FA Cup.

Despite a disappointing display from the team in the first-half, goals from Joe Nuttall, Danny Graham and Marcus Antonsson saw Rovers safely through to round two.

Leutwiler was pleased to play his part and hopes Rovers can progress further in the competition.

“I’m very happy, obviously, to make my debut here in the FA Cup,” said the 28-year-old.

“It was a great result, in the end, but I’m just very happy to start for the club and be part of the team now.

“The first half was a bit frustrating. Maybe some people were not very happy with the first half. It wasn’t great, but I think we had the majority of the ball and we created chances. You have to take the positives.

“As soon as we scored I thought we’re going to win this game now. We were playing more forward and we deserved the win, definitely.

“Sometimes it could be a scrappy win, but you have to go through and we’ll try to go as far as possible, so we’ll see what happens.”

Leutwiler is expected to retain his place in the side for tomorrow’s Checkatrade Trophy clash with Rochdale.

The Swiss-born stopper had hoped to make his Rovers debut earlier, but was away on international duty for the two previous group games against Stoke City Under-21s and Bury.

“It was a bit frustrating from that point of view,” he added.

“I should maybe have got my chance earlier, but the national team is something you can’t refuse. You have to go for it and it was for some good games as well, so I was in a winning situation in that situation.

“I’ve had time to wait and now I’m very happy that I started on Saturday.

“I’m training every day and I just try to give my best. When the right moment comes, it comes. It’s never good to push for it, I think it will come when you deserve it.”

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