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Paul's positive outlook

Paul discusses returning from injury, clean sheets and competition for places

24 October 2017

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Paul Downing is enjoying life at Ewood Park and is challenging himself to improve with every game this season.

The defender has kept four clean sheets in as many appearances in 2017-18, earning praise from Tony Mowbray and the Rovers faithful.

Having returned from injury, Downing wants to work towards a positive run of results, both personally and with his team-mates.

“I want to take each game as it comes," he said. "I’m enjoying my football here and want to keep improving. It’s about doing it in training and taking it into the games.

“Charlie Mulgrew is such an experienced player and he’s helping me a lot at the back. Hopefully now we can get a settled back four.

“I was disappointed to get injured earlier in the season and hopefully I can put that behind me, keep improving and keep winning. 

“All credit to the medical department, they’ve worked really hard with me and I’ve managed to get back pretty quickly. 

"I just need to strengthen with each game and make sure I’m fit and firing every week.

“There’s a lot of competition for places here. We’ve got a good squad, everyone’s on their toes so hopefully we can go on a run now.

“We’ve got some very good players here, but it’s just about killing teams off really. When we get the first goal, we need to go and get a second."

Downing put in another impressive display in Rovers' 3-0 victory over Portsmouth last weekend, but says the result was a collective effort.

“I’m really happy, I thought we played really well against Portsmouth," he added.

“I don’t want to single out any individuals because it was a good team performance. We dug in, worked hard and scored some goals.

“Long may the clean sheets continue, really! We looked solid at the weekend and they didn’t have too many chances. 

“You need to ride your luck at times, but as long as I keep doing my job, I’m happy."

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