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Tony backing Bennett to bang them in before long

The boss praises his versatile midfielder for his fine display last week

18 January 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray is full of praise for Elliott Bennett - but not just because of the number 31's excellent display against Shrewsbury last week.

In an unfamiliar role at the heart of the Rovers midfield, Bennett battled well and impressed Mowbray, who was thrilled with his display.
 
But the boss adds that it's a case of horses for courses for Bennett when he does play, insisting different types of games mean different combinations.
 
“I thought Elliott broke up the play and hassled them really well. I was pleased with the combination in midfield of Elliott and Richie Smallwood," the boss told iFollow Rovers.
 
“Richie does what Richie does. He’s consistent and it worked well between them.
 
“We have players who can help us in certain scenarios and it’s about balance in different games when we have to break sides down.
 
“Elliott showed he can do it. Some games we don’t need defensive minded players. Sometimes you need players to pick passes, link the play. Other times you need destructors in there with energy."
 
And Mowbray is backing his man to find the net before long.
 
Elliott scored all four of his goals last season in the second half of the campaign and the boss reckons the 29-year-old can do the same for Rovers this term.
 
“Elliott is very versatile across the midfield and has a lot of strings to his bow," Mowbray added.
 
“He gets around the box and shows shooting prowess. We gave him a new contract a few months ago because he is such a valuable player to our group and has the right attributes.
 
“He had a great strike at Scunthorpe that the ‘keeper tipped round the post and I back him to score four or five before the end of the season."

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