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Patience and persistence pays off for Dom

"There are times in a season where you feel the walls are falling down on you."

26 November 2017

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His first goal in two months meant a weight has now been lifted off Dominic Samuel's shoulders, as his headed finished proved decisive against Bristol Rovers.

And despite beaming after scoring the winner against the Pirates at Ewood Park, Dom admitted that he's had a tough time of things recently, but always knew he'd get his chance under Tony Mowbray.

"It's been frustrating for me the last few weeks but there are times in a season where you feel the walls are falling down on you," Samuel honestly told iFollow after the game.

"As a player you have to keep your head, work hard and have belief in the manager.

"When others take their opportunity you have to be patient and wait for your chance. Whoever is scoring raises the bar, but you need that competion. When you have good players around you, you have to be the best in training.

"It's important to keep working in training. When a manager has the players available it keeps everyone on their toes and competitive in training, because you never know when you'll be given the nod to start or come on."

Both Samuel and fellow striker Danny Graham's introduction swung the pendulum for Rovers after going a goal down, and Dom was quick to pay tribute to his strike partner, who's also been on the bench more than he'd have liked in recent games.

"Danny has so much experience under his belt and I learn off him every day in training. To have a player like that around you on and off the pitch allows you to feed off his experience. He's fantastic to have around for young strikers like me.

"It's vital to keep a strong head when you're out of the team and with a strong squad it's hard to constantly start."

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