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Tough decisions ahead for the boss

A headache is what the Tony Mowbray wants, and that's exactly what he's getting right now

17 August 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says the midweek display at Carlisle United has given him food for thought, particularly where the left back slot is concerne

There has been encouraging signs from Rovers' three games this season, with two draws in the league and a big win to seal progress in the Carabao Cup at Carlisle United in midweek.

And he admits the performance from his side at Brunton Park has put questions in his mind with starting places up for grabs.

None more so than at left back, where Amari'i Bell has deputised for the injured Derrick Williams for the last couple of outings.

“The players who played at Carlisle showed they can help our team win games. I was hoping to win the tie, no disrespect to Carlisle," Tony reflected to iFollow Rovers. "We played a pretty strong, attacking team, hoping to score a few goals.

“We want the balance to be better so we don’t concede as many efforts on our goal. It’s good players can take opportunities when they come their way.

“Amari’i has to understand his strengths. He was brought here to be an attacking, ball-carrying, crossing full back. He showed signs on Tuesday night of exactly that.

“He can play like a winger really, whilst Derrick is a little bit more defensive. Amari’i was brought in to give us a different sort of full back and those signs are starting to show at the moment.

“We’re encouraging him and what his confidence to be sky. He can get people off their seats when he drives with the ball, beats a man and whips a cross in. I’m looking forward to seeing how he develops," he added.

“At the moment he needs to take the chance and grab that shirt. That’s the sort of competition I like and what I want in the whole squad."

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