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The reflections of Raya...

The Rovers stopper reflects on his development after being trusted with the number one shirt this term

19 April 2018

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Friday 14th April 2017 might not be too much of a memorable date for Rovers supporters, but for Spanish number one David Raya it's a day he won't forget.

Rovers travelled to Nottingham Forest that Good Friday afternoon in the sunshine, with Tommie Hoban's header winning the game for the visitors.

Tony Mowbray's side earned a clean sheet on the day where Raya started the first of the final five games of that campaign.

Since then, Mowbray's trusted in the Barcelona-born 'keeper and fast-forward a year and Raya's been a regular and earned a spot in the EFL League One Team of the Season. It's not been a bad time for the 22-year-old, has it?

“I’ve done my job the best I could have this season," Raya admits. "I’m happy with my year in League One but obviously the team has been excellent.
 
“I’ve been waiting for my chance for a long time and I think I took it under the gaffer for the last five games of last season. All that waiting has paid off for me and now all I want to cap the season is promotion.

“In this league, every goalkeeper has played their part and there are plenty of good ones so I was surprised to be in the Team of the Season, but I couldn’t have done it without my team-mates. 

“You improve as a player game by game. There has been a lot to improve over the last year and you have to continue working hard every day in training sessions and in games."
 
Raya's developed excellently this term and feels that improvement has come in one area in particular, with a loan spell back in 2014 being a big factor in that.
 
“I think I’ve improved on collecting crosses in particular. A lot of work has gone into it as you always know where you can improve," David adds. "I knew League One would be a physical league and knew I’d be tested every game.
 
“To be fair, a few years ago when I was at Southport in the Conference, the physical side is greater than in League One. You learn from those experiences in the lower leagues."
 

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