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The balance at the back will remain the same

Downing expects things to carry on as normal - with or without skipper Charlie

30 January 2018

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Losing a player of Charlie Mulgrew's experience, stature and quality should be a big blow for Rovers, but his central defensive partner Paul Downing says he expects things to be the same with or without the Scot.

Mulgrew hobbled off early in the weekend draw with Northampton, and whilst scan results are yet to be revealed, it's expected the Scottish defender will miss tonight's clash with Walsall.

But with Derrick Williams slotting into the left centre back position and looking at home there, Downing believes Rovers should be able to cope in the absence of the captain.

“I’ve normally played with Charlie or Wardy [Elliott Ward] in that position but I get on really well with Del [Williams] and he slotted in really well. It’s a position he can play and still gives us that balance as well with him being left footed," Paul told iFollow Rovers in the build up to the Walsall game.
“Amari’i [Bell] came in and played so well and we didn’t have too much to do in the end as we were on the front foot for a lot of the game.
“Charlie is a massive part of the team and fingers crossed he’ll be back sooner rather than later leading the boys out.
“It’s a good opportunity for someone else though and hopefully we can keep that unbeaten run going without him."
Speaking of unbeaten runs, it's fair to say it's not been a bad stint at Rovers for Downing since he arrived - initially on loan - from MK Dons back at the end of August.
In the 26-year-old's 19 league games as a Rover, he's yet to be on the losing side, but he admits that his own unbeaten run isn't something that's always in his mind.
“It’s something I’m proud of but it’s not something I really think about. It’ll come to an end at some point but hopefully it’ll be going on for a while yet," he said.
“The main thing is everything coming together at the end of the season with promotion."
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