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Raya: Competition is healthy

The goalkeeper wants to keep his place but says the squad will be vital

10 November 2017

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David Raya says competition for places this season, both within the Rovers squad and between teams in League One, is a positive thing.

Tony Mowbray's men currently sit sixth in the standings and have a game in hand over many sides, with Raya impressing between the sticks in recent weeks.

The goalkeeper has had to wait for his chance at Ewood Park, but believes the squad will have an important part to play as the campaign goes on.

“The clean sheets we've kept is not all because of me, obviously," he said. "It’s a full team effort, defending from the front. 

“We’ve kept seven clean sheets, so I’m pleased about that and we have to continue defending well to climb the table.

“I’ve waited for this chance for a long time. I’ve been around the first team for around three or four years now, waiting for the chance to play.

“Now that the gaffer has given me a chance to play, I just want to play every week. It’s great to have the confidence of the gaffer. 

“The competition is always good. Me and Jayson want to push each other as much as we can.

“He’s a good lad and he’s giving me some good competition. He’s a top, experienced keeper.

“The gaffer said everyone is important in his squad, particularly now with a few suspensions and injuries.

“Everyone will have to play their part and that’s the importance of the squad – we need to be together.

“When your chance comes, you have to take it, both for the team and for yourself."

Asked to assess Rovers' season so far, Raya says there are positives to take into the remainder of the campaign. 

“It’s going quickly," he added. "We had a tough start but we’ve picked up wins and points since then, which we needed.

“We’re in the top six so we’re looking forward to the next few weeks.

“Against Wigan, for example, it was a tough game - we’ll take the draw after being a man down after 60 minutes.

“It was tough for us and the team, so we have to take that point as a positive."

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