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Amari'i ready to stake his claim

The left back appeared for the first time this season after starting against Millwall at the weekend

13 August 2018

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Left back Amari'i Bell is eager to make sure his starting place against Millwall is the first of many appearances in the Rovers XI this season.

Since arriving from Fleetwood Town in the January transfer window, Bell's struggled to displace fellow full back Derrick Williams in the Rovers side.

Competition is fierce, particular in that area of the pitch, but with Williams out with a slight knock, 23-year-old Bell was given his opportunity.

“Derrick has picked up a knock which is unfortunate but these are the chances I’ve got to take. I thought I put in a steady performance and will look to improve on that," Bell said after the game.

“If you’re not starting then you can’t afford to slack off, you need to be ready every time.

“I’ve been wanting to play at this level for a long time. I’m here now and want to stamp my mark on it. It was a tough game, Millwall are a good side but I thought we handled their threat well.

"Jed Wallace is a good player to play against, one of their key players, and I thought he didn’t do much which is a positive from my side. It’s definitely something to take from the game.

The draw against the Lions extended Rovers' excellent home form at Ewood Park. It's 11 months since we suffered a defeat on home turf, and Amari'i wants that to continue for a long while yet. 

“The fans are vital for us, getting behind us and making us feel like we can win every game. We are going to try and create another good record at home again," he added.

“They keep us believing, keep driving us on and give us that extra 10 or 15 per cent and it’s always good to have that support at home.”

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