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Tony: David's our little Raya sunshine

The Spaniard was on hand to help Rovers to victory and seal successive league shutouts

19 August 2018

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There were plenty of times last season where we were purring at some of the sensational saves from Spanish stopper David Raya, and the 22-year-old was at it again on Saturday.

Putting the 'Cat' in Catalan, the Barcelona-born custodian was relatively untroubled throughout the encounter at the KCOM Stadium.

But with any good goalkeeper, they have to be ready when called upon, and Raya's time came late on.

Searching for a late equaliser, it looked as if Hull had sneaked just that with four minutes to go, before Raya's big paw was in the way of Angus MacDonald grabbing what would have been an undeserved goal.

And the boss has praised Raya's reactions and alertness for coming up trumps for his team when required.

“I haven't seen the save back but David is a reactionary goalkeeper and he showed great reflexes," Tony explained to iFollow Rovers. "I was going to talk about how he is there to make saves, but to be fair, it was a great save!

“It would have been a travesty had that gone in and thankfully, David, who's looking really sharp, his game is coming together and I feel we have a real high quality goalkeeper.

“After Ipswich it was important to keep that clean sheet. If not it would have been twice in three games we've lost a win to a late goal. We nearly put the game to bed but we're happy enough, we'll put the points in the bag and move on."

Don't forget, Rovers are back in action on Wednesday 22nd August when Reading head to Ewood Park and you can get tickets for the clash against the Royals by clicking here.

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