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Boss: Nuttall's chance will come

Tony Mowbray says he feels "no pressure" to play the youngster at the moment

19 October 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says he feels no pressure to introduce hot-shot striker Joe Nuttall to first-team football yet, but says the youngster's chance will come.

Nuttall has already scored 13 goals in all competitions this season, including a brace in each of his last two outings for the Under-23s, earning high praise for his recent form.

Asked about the 20-year-old during his pre-match press conference, Mowbray says he's happy with his current pool of forwards and feels playing Nuttall now would be a risk.

“I don’t personally feel any pressure to play Joe. I’m happy with the strikers we’ve got," the manager said."

“I think Joe’s a good lad. The record of his goals every time he goes out onto the pitch are there.

“Yet, when I look at his attributes at this moment, it’s too big of a gamble for me to give up on Danny Graham, Dominic Samuel, Marcus Antonsson or Bradley Dack.

“They’re all experienced players with goals in their lockers. Joe’s a young boy who is basically untried at this level.

“I don’t think we’re at that stage. I think he needs to keep developing and scoring goals at the level he’s playing and wait for his opportunity. 

"Opportunities come at unexpected times, through suspensions and injuries and so on.

“Hopefully he’s found the right place to develop and become the player he wants to be. I don’t think we can use a three-month spell of scoring and think he’s the finished article.

“You can damage players sometimes by putting them in too soon; I’m not suggesting it would be too soon, but it’s about opportunity for Joe.

“We do have strikers within our ranks that, to be fair, have scored goals. Let’s just keep going, Joe’s time is going to come."

Rovers drew 1-1 with Plymouth on Saturday, despite having several chances to win the game during the second half.

"The performance level was good the other night and if we can reproduce that regularly, we’ll win lots of games," Mowbray added.

“That said, we had 35 chances the other night and a lot of them were down to the individual making their own decisions. 

“I genuinely sit here and don’t think Nutall needs to be in the forefront of my mind at the moment.

“All the kid can do is what he’s doing at the minute, putting the ball in the net at the level he’s currently playing. 

“Let’s see how the strikers go as we go along but it’s not a major concern at the moment."


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