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Downing: A tough but exciting challenge

Defender Paul looks ahead to this weekend's clash against Middlesbrough

7 December 2018

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Paul Downing is aiming to keep his place in the Rovers side this weekend for what he describes as an "exciting" fixture against high-flying Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Downing came back into the team in last weekend's excellent home victory over Sheffield Wednesday and produced an assured display against the Owls.
 
And the 27-year-old wants to keep his place in the side for Saturday's game in the north-east.
 
“Middlesbrough is going to be a tough game, but we’re excited to go there and will go in confident mood after last weekend’s win," Downing told iFollow Rovers.
 
“They spent money in the summer and will have expectations to get to the top of the division. But I think we owe our fans following the last two trips away from home.
 
“If we can carry on picking points up and continue putting strong performances in then I think we’ll be okay.
 
“They have their style and we’ll need to be prepared for battle. We’ve done our homework and are prepared, so it’s down to the lads to be ready when we step over the white line.
 
“I think we’ve shown this season that we can compete against some really good sides this season. We have already beaten Stoke on the road, beat Leeds, got a good point against West Brom and probably should have beaten Villa.
 
“We’ve more than held our own. We fear nobody. The boys are itching to get out there in front of a big crowd and a nice stadium."
 
The defender, who was a key part in last season's promotion campaign, feels Rovers are well set to give the second half of the season a right good go.
 
“We’ve pretty much played everyone once this season and we know where we stand. We want to pick points up wherever we go, but we can give anyone a real good game," he added.
 
“We’ve gone into every game with no fear and have taken the confidence from last season into games. This Christmas period is important and if we put a run together we can solidify ourselves in the top 10 and look up towards the play-off places."

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