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Rothwell aiming for a starting berth

Midfielder hoping his weekend impact from the bench will result in a place in the XI at Carlisle tonight

14 August 2018

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Roaming Rover Joe Rothwell is still adjusting to life at Ewood Park, but is hoping that a good performance from the bench against Millwall can lead to a start in the Carabao Cup this evening.

Our first summer signing after arriving from Oxford United, Rothwell was an unused substitute on the opening day of the season at Ipswich, but had a real impact after coming off the bench against The Lions at the weekend.

He was unlucky not to have won the game for Rovers with a rasping drive that forced Millwall 'keeper Jordan Archer to turn the ball around the post.

He impressed with his positivity, and Joe's now aiming to take that into the clash against Carlisle United tonight.

“I’m ready if the manager calls upon me. I’ll be ready to go and ready to try and catch his eye and hopefully plant a seed in his brain for the following league game on Saturday," the 23-year-old said ahead of the game.

“There’s always games where you look in the early rounds and a few lower league sides beat Championship sides and hopefully we don’t fall victim to that tomorrow.

“If the manager does decide to change the team, it’s a good opportunity to give lads who haven’t quite had the minutes yet to get some minutes under their belt and plant a seed in his mind, but not only that, cup games can generate a good bit of momentum. 

“If you get wins in them, you can carry it on to the games on the Saturday or the Tuesday, so the lads who are starting will go into that game wanting to win.

“If I do get the nod to start, I’ll be going out there to show the boss what I can do and plant a seed in his brain and hopefully give him a problem for the team selection on Saturday.”

Back in the north-west after a few seasons down south, Rothwell's made the step up to the Championship with Rovers, so how has he found the last two months since arriving at the club?

“The first few weeks it was a bit different to what I was used to. But I feel over the last few weeks, I’ve adapted and showed that I can adapt to how the manager wants to play. Hopefully I can keep continuing to progress and hopefully catch his eye a bit more and get a starting spot."

Don't forget, Rovers are back in action on Tuesday night when we take on Carlisle United in the Carabao Cup. Fancy going? Purchase your tickets by clicking here.

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