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Paul pleased to lend a helping hand

The defender produced an assured display at the heart of Rovers' back four last week

6 December 2018

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Paul Downing made his 300th career appearance on Saturday, but says he was happier to play his part in a memorable win for Rovers against Sheffield Wednesday.

It was Downing's first start in the league since he began against Nottingham Forest back in September, and he produced an assured display against the Owls.
 
Downing even played his part in an attacking move, memorably getting the assist for the assist for Bradley Dack's goal and Rovers' second against Wednesday with a pinpoint pass to Danny Graham.
 
So all in all, it must have been a great day for Downing, right?
 
“I was aware of the milestone and knew it was approaching," the defender said to iFollow Rovers ahead of this weekend's trip to Middlesbrough.
 
“But aside from that it was great to get out there and help the lads to a win. It was nice to get back at Ewood and perform well, scoring some good goals.
 
“Craig’s ball enticed me forward and the next thing I knew I was in front of the back four. It was quite easy to slide it through to Danny as he made a really good run.
 
“I think I’m capable of doing that. The celebrations were great and I think that shows the team spirit we have. We’re now really looking forward to Saturday.
 
“Every day you need to show the manager what you can do. When you do start it’s important to help the team play well, win and pick points up.
 
“I hope I took the opportunity and that leads to more starts. It’s important to treat each game as a normal game, keep things simple and defend well."

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