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Hat-trick hero hails Dack a 'special player'

Danny delighted that his link-up with Bradley was back to its best on Saturday

2 December 2018

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Danny Graham reserved special praise for strike partner Bradley Dack after the deadly duo combined to devastating effect in Rovers' 4-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

The close friends were directly involved in all four goals on Saturday, as Graham twice followed up efforts from Dack for his first two goals, which came either side of a precise pass to his younger team-mate for Rovers' second.

However it was the fourth of the afternoon which gave Graham the most satisfaction, as Dack unselfishly squared the ball for the 33-year-old to tap home his hat-trick late on.

"I was desperate to stay on and try to get the third," said Graham to iFollow Rovers after the game. "I felt fit and able to continue.

"When I saw Dacky get slipped in, I made sure he knew I was in the middle - I pretty much screamed at him - and fair play to him, he's rolled it across and it's a tap in and it's finished the game off, which is pleasing.

"He owes me a few assists! And he's trying to claim the one that came off the post, but he's not having that one!"

It was the 2-2 draw at home to Nottingham Forest in late September when the Graham-Dack combination last contributed to a Rovers goal.

But the pair were back to their telepathic best in the impressive victory over the Owls.

Their understanding up front was a feature of Rovers' promotion-winning campaign last year, as Dack netted 18 league goals and Graham 14, with the pair setting each other up on countless occasions.

Graham insists he knew that Rovers had a 'special player' on their hands from the minute Dack arrived at the club and he was determined to play his part in helping the 24-year-old showcase his talents on the pitch. 

"I thought we linked up well today," added Graham.

"It hasn't been there the last few weeks, which has been disappointing, but as players you're going to have spells where it doesn't go your way.

"I remember when Dacky walked in the building and I hadn't met him at all and I said to him I'll get him 15-20 goals a season.

"As the older player, I felt as though I could take him under my wing and get him playing.

"I'd seen clips of him, so I knew what he was about. And I could see from two or three sessions in pre-season last year that he's a special player and hopefully he knows that when I shout at him it's because I'm trying to guide him in the right direction.

"I spoke to Dacky on Friday and asked if there was anything on his mind and he assured me it had just been one of those spells.

"He told me he was going to play well today and sure enough he did.

"He's got that confidence and belief in his own ability. I'm delighted for him, because he's got 11 goals now and god knows how many assists!

"He's a massive asset at this football club, so we just need to keep him fit, keep him motivated and keep him hungry and who knows where he could go in his career."

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