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Tony: Amari'i showed his class

The debutant defender was named Man of the Match against Northampton

27 January 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says Amari'i Bell proved his worth during Saturday's 1-1 draw against Northampton.

The defender replaced the injured Charlie Mulgrew after a quarter of an hour at Ewood Park and enjoyed a standout debut at left-back, a performance for which he was named Man of the Match.

Asked about Amari'i after the game, Mowbray was full of praise for the 23-year-old's display, though he acknowledged that it came at a cost.

“We knew about the talent he has and that’s why we worked so hard to bring him here," Tony said.

"He’s a quality footballer and he’s going to be a massive attribute to this football club moving forward.

“It’s really difficult when you’re playing against a defence with every man in the box.

“I thought Amari’I showed the talent he possesses and I lost count of how many balls we put into their box.

“We’re obviously disappointed about the injury to Charlie because he’s been fantastic for us this season, he’s been a real leader and star in the team.”

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