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Graham's goals will be key says Smallwood

Richie delighted to see Danny on the scoresheet on Saturday

23 October 2017

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Richie Smallwood singled out Danny Graham for special praise following Rovers' 3-0 victory over Portsmouth.

The 32-year-old striker notched his second goal of the season in the Ewood encounter, picking out the bottom corner with perfect precision on 58 minutes.

Smallwood believes a fit and firing Danny Graham could be crucial to Rovers' hopes of having a successful season.

And the midfielder hopes the forward's second-half strike signifies the start of a purple patch in front of goal.

"It was a big goal for Danny and we're all delighted for him," said Smallwood to iFollow Rovers after the game.

"He's played the last two now and got his goal today, so he'll be chomping at the bit leading into the big game next weekend.

"He's had a good attitude right the way throughout. He's been working hard and that's why he's got his chance.

"So fair play to him and that's what Dom (Samuel) and Marcus (Antonsson), or whichever striker finds himself out of the team, will have to do to get back in just like Danny's done over the past 10 games.

"He's a massive player for us. He's scored goals throughout his career and given the right service and if he keeps working hard like he does then he'll score goals like he did today.  

"He just put it in the bottom corner from 20 yards and hopefully if he scores a few more he'll get more and more."

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