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Travis' impact a real positive, says Mowbray

The boss was impressed with the impact from the substitute

11 February 2018

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It was quite a half for 20-year-old Lewis Travis on Saturday, with the academy graduate entering the action at half time and producing an excellent and accomplished performance in the centre of the park.

Travis won the free kick for Charlie Mulgrew's superb strike which gave Rovers a chance of taking something from the game against Oldham, and in general, the youngster produced a mature display against the Latics.

And it wasn't just the fans who were impressed with the impact he had - Travis' manager was too.

“Travis, that’s why we gave him a new contract," boss Tony Mowbray told iFollow Rovers after the game.

“I’m conscious that the players have got us where they have, we’ve won a lot of football matches, we’re currently third in the league with a chance of finishing in the top two.

“Trav has had his opportunity really through some injuries, we’ve had six first-team players out for the last month and a half.

“He has broken in and if he gets on the pitch and performs like that then he will stay in the team, because they have to do a job, that’s what they’ve all been told.

“There can’t be any favourites, it can’t be what you’ve done in the past, you have to perform and get the job done and Travis is a very hungry young man who wants to play football.

“It should give him huge confidence, he changed positions seamlessly, so equally comfortable out wide playing as an attacking full-back or wing-back.

“To go and play central midfield and rotate that position with [Elliott] Bennett was seamless."

And Tony has been impressed with the Scouser's demand for football, at any level possible.

“He’s a mature young lad Trav, he’s always knocking on my door, if he’s not playing for the first-team he wants to play the next night for the Under-23s, he’s very hungry to play football," Mowbray added.

“We have to feed that by not disappointing him too often and giving him game-time and I’m sure his personality and character will demand he gets in the team as move forward."

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