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Important for Jayson to play

The Canadian keeper made his Rovers debut in the 3-1 victory over Barnet

5 November 2017

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Tony Mowbray believes Jayson Leutwiler will benefit from getting 90 minutes under his belt in yesterday's FA Cup tie against Barnet.

The Canadian international goalkeeper made his debut for the club in Rovers' 3-1 victory over the Bees at Ewood Park.

Leutwiler has had to wait for his chance following his summer switch from Shrewsbury, with David Raya occupying the number one spot.

However, the Rovers boss insists that every member of his senior squad will get an opportunity to impress and it's up to the players to make sure that they are ready to take it.

"I think it's important that he plays," said Mowbray.

"He's got another opportunity on Tuesday to play.

"It's been a bit of a wait for him, but he'll be fine I'm sure.

"Goalkeepers need to play matches and yet it's very difficult because you can only play one goalie and I think David Raya in general has done very well for us.

"So Jayson has to be patient and bide his time and just keep working hard, like all the other players.

"They have to be ready for when they're told that they're going to play and not have any excuses about having not played for a few weeks.

"They have an opportunity to train every day, to work hard every day and do the extra stuff after training in the analysis room, to try and get to a level where they are impacting on our starting 11 every week."

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