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Rothwell hoping to keep his place

The forward is hoping for a second successive start when West Brom visit Ewood Park on New Year's Day

31 December 2018

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Joe Rothwell is eager to maintain his spot in the Rovers starting XI when West Bromwich Albion visit Ewood Park on New Year's Day.

Rothwell was given the nod to start at Sheffield United a couple of days ago, and is hoping for back-to-back outings in Rovers colours.

The 23-year-old appeared for the full 90 minutes at Bramall Lane, and is hoping he's done enough to nail down a spot in the starting XI for tomorrow's game.

“It's been a while, I think it's been a couple of months since I started at West Brom," the number eight said to iFollow Rovers.

"I've been itching to play and have been doing all I can in training to catch the gaffer's eye.

“I've been doing all the gaffer wants me to do and he gave me my chance. We were obviously on the wrong end of the result, but hopefully I've done enough to keep my place for New Year's Day.

“It's definitely been hard. I've been desperate to get out there, but I've kept chipping away and tried to catch the manager's eye. When the chance comes it's important to take it."

There were certainly more positives to Rothwell's play in the steel city than negatives, but Joe admits he needs to improve his end product sooner rather than later.

“For me, my game is all about getting the ball and driving forward. I felt I did that at Sheffield United, despite the end product not always being what I'd have hoped for.

“But I was positive and I really hope I can keep my place.

“We've been in yesterday, we've gone through the last game and are now fully concentrated on the game against West Brom. Hopefully we can get a win for the fans.

“It's been a long time since we've lost three on the bounce. We know West Brom will be a tough test for us, but there will be nothing better than to get the points we need and with it stunt their progress.”


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