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Downing delighted with development next to captain Charlie

Paul says he's learning all the time next to the experienced Scot

15 January 2018

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“I really enjoy playing alongside Charlie. He’s shown what a good player he is and really helps my own game as well."

That's what Rovers defender Paul Downing adamantly says, and it appears to be a pretty honest appraisal considering the newly turned permanent addition is still yet to be on the losing side under Tony Mowbray since initially arriving on loan.

And whilst Paul's displays have been solid, shifting to the left of Rovers' regular backline, the spectacular form and goals from skipper Charlie Mulgrew have gained all the plaudits.

And Paul says it's deserved praise for his partner in crime and admits he's loving learning from the 31-year-old.

“We went through a spell where we were solid at the back and that gave us a platform to really cause teams problems and score goals," Downing said.

“I really enjoy playing alongside Charlie. He’s shown what a good player he is and really helps my own game as well.
 
“We’ve generally had a settled back four and the goalkeeper in David [Raya], which certainly helps in having that understanding and building relationships.
 
“You can learn off every player and going into an experienced dressing room and working with good players in training every day has certainly helped me improve.
 
And Downing confesses he wants his fine Rovers record to continue for the remaining months of the campaign
 
“I’ve enjoyed testing myself here and trying to get better," the 26-year-old adds.
 
“I don’t think about the unbeaten run since I’ve been here. I just concentrate on my job. With or without me I want the team to do well and get promotion."

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