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Darragh thrilled to mark comeback with a win

The Irishman is also claiming the assist for Adam Armstrong's second goal!

14 February 2018

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It's been a long road back to the first team for Rovers defender Darragh Lenihan, but after a six-month lay-off, the Irishman looked as if he'd never been away in the win against Portsmouth.

Appearing off the bench as a replacement for Ryan Nyambe, Lenihan looked at home in the back three system implemented by Tony Mowbray just 10 minutes into the second half.
 
And whilst his defensive display was as solid as ever, it was a Lenihan foray forward, which led to the winning goal at Fratton Park - and he's claiming the assist, despite the deflection through to Adam Armstrong!
 
“It felt brilliant tonight. I didn’t think I’d come on because the boys were doing well," the 23-year-old reflected after the game.
 
“After Ryan got injured, I heard my name called and on I went. I felt good. It’s up to me to look after my body now ahead of what will be a rigorous League One schedule.
 
“It’s good to be back. It worked out well for me because the Development Squad played a similar formation when I played for them and I felt really comfortable playing in the back three.
 
“It’s a difficult stadium to come to, but I was ready to play - I told the gaffer that a few days ago - and he’s chucked me on there for Ryan."
 
And the Irishman concluded by admitting he relished the atmosphere inside Fratton Park, and the game itself.
 
“I played a couple of Development Squad games but it’s a completely different tempo and atmosphere. You aren’t getting 18,000 people shouting in your face at Development Squad games!"

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