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Tony hopes youngsters learnt from Championship test

The boss reserved special praise for defender turned defensive midfielder Lewis Travis

7 January 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray reserved special praise for youngster Lewis Travis, who produced an accomplished display in the centre of midfield against Hull City.

Travis, who has been utilised predominantly as a right back for Damien Johnson's Under-23s team this season, was handed his opportunity when replacing Corry Evans just before half time.

And Mowbray admitted he was impressed by the 20-year-old's performance.

"I hope the young lads have taken a lot out of the game, even if it was a pretty low key affair," Mowbray reflected.

“Corry Evans came off with a tight thigh yet young [Lewis] Travis came on and looked like an experienced player, he’s fantasically mobile, kept the passing simple and was in the right place and played with an experience which belies his age.

"It wasn't like a matchday in my opinion, it wasn't like a league game at Ewood, there was a different feel.

"The fans have played a key part for us at Ewood this season and hopefully we can keep being strong at home and doing what we do away from home."

And the boss admitted he chose to play Ryan Nyambe at centre back to deal with any potential pace from the Hull frontline.

"They had [Nouha] Dicko on the bench, Fraizer Campbell on the bench, quick, mobile strikers and we needed Ryan in there to possibly deal with that if they were starting or being brought in."

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