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A fantastic night for debutant duo

Boss beaming for Joe Grayson and Dan Butterworth, who both made their first team bows tonight

28 August 2018

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Tony Mowbray blooded the youngster in Tuesday night's Carabao Cup second round win over Lincoln City and was thrilled to see Joe Grayson and Dan Butterworth make their debuts.

Grayson got the nod from the start, and produced an assured performance alongside Paul Downing and fellow Academy graduate Ryan Nyambe in a back three.
In fact in playing, Grayson became part of the first father and son pairing to represent Rovers for 89 years, with dad Simon spending three years at Rovers during the start of the Millennium.
Butterworth appeared for the final 20 minutes of the clash and can count himself unlucky not to find the net in that time as well as showing some neat touches after replacing senior frontman Danny Graham.
The pair joined the likes of David Raya, Nyambe and Lewis Travis in coming through the Rovers ranks and Mowbray was pleased from what he saw from the pair of new boys.
“I’m delighted for them. I said before the game that the senior lads had to make sure it was an enjoyable experience for the new boys who made their debuts," Mowbray said to iFollow Rovers.
“It’s a game they will remember for the rest of their lives and thankfully they can say that the team won 4-1 in the cup on their debuts and they played their part.
“It was a really difficult game for me to put Joe in to be honest.
“[Matt] Rhead is a big centre forward, a monster of a man who can make things very difficult for defenders. The plan was to dominate the ball and pop it around him and I feel we did that at times."

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