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Hard work paying off for David

Raya's kept clean sheets in 50% of his league games this term for Rovers

20 November 2017

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Rovers stopper David Raya admits life is good for him right now, with the goalkeeper a regular fixture in the XI for the first time in his six years in East Lancashire.

The Barcelona-born 22-year-old played the final five games of the 2016-17 campaign in place of Jason Steele and has established himself as Tony Mowbray's number one, but is also wary of the stiff competition from summer signing Jayson Leutwiler and youngster Andy Fisher.

"I've been waiting for this chance for a long time and I'm happy to be playing every week for the club," said Raya, who joined the Rovers ranks in 2012.

"If you play well then you keep your place. Jayson wants the spot as well so there's some real strong competition here.

"I've been here for just over five years now and all that hard work put in during that time is paying off for me now."

Back to the present day and Raya's relishing the upcoming hectic schedule and knows momentum is key at this time of the season if Rovers are to achieve their goals come May.

Raya's playing his part in games with plenty of clean sheets already this campaign, but is quick to heap praise on the whole team for the eight league shutouts and just the four away goals conceded this season domesically - the best record in the EFL.

"I'm pleased with eight clean sheets from 16 games and credit has to be given to everybody for that. It's not all my job - it starts from the centre forwards and it's a great effort from everyone.

"It's nice as a goalkeeper to have clean sheets but if I concede but we still win then we're all happy.

"It was really good to win at Bury after coming back from a break in the league and after a draw against Fleetwood.

"It was a really positive performance from us, a good game and an important three points.

"We want to push into the top three and it's an important win at the start of an important spell.

"We know at Christmas time there is a lot of games coming up with Saturday-Tuesday games and you look forward to the matches coming thick and fast when you are winning."

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