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Brad's bittersweet afternoon

A Championship debut and goal for the playmaker, but he was left a frustrated man at Ipswich

5 August 2018

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It was a memorable day for playmaker Bradley Dack on Saturday, as the League One Player of the Year finally got the chance to show what he could do in the Championship.

A runout in the second tier has been a long time in the making for the 24-year-old, who was one of the driving forces behind Rovers' promotion back to the Championship last season.

But could he step up? That was the question on people's lips outside the club, despite Rovers players, staff and fans alike all believing the number 23 was capable of doing exactly that.

It didn't take Dack long to cement that thought, as he handed Rovers the lead midway through the first half with a close range finish after Danny Graham equalised less than 10 minutes earlier at Portman Road.

"Personally it's great to get off the mark. However I'd have definitely taken the three points over that," Dack said honestly to iFollow Rovers after the game.

"It was brilliant to score the goal but I'm just disappointed that it wasn't the winner.

"It was a bad start for us conceding so early. We did really well to get back into the game and there disappointment at the end in conceding so late. We probably had to do better to see it out.

"Everyone knows we have a lot of character in the team, as we showed last season. Going 1-0 down so early, we had to start again and make sure we play our game.

"There are things we have to work on and hopefully a late goal won't happen again. It's a bitter one to take, that's for sure."

Post-match, the boss Tony Mowbray said how positive the display was, and Brad feels the same way, and is already looking to notch that first win of the season when Millwall visit Ewood Park next week.

"We have to be positive. It is a better start than the one we had last season on the opening day," he added.

"It's a point away from home, and if we beat Millwall, which we fully intend to do, then four points from the first two games isn't too bad.

"The gaffer has said that the pressing and hard work was great but the quality on the ball wasn't as good as it should of been. We need to improve on that and I'm sure we will."

Tickets are available for next week's battle at Ewood against Millwall and you can back the lads by purchasing your tickets here.

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