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Win marks end of an enjoyable week for Derrick

First call up to the Republic of Ireland preliminary squad and the three points for the 25-year-old

11 March 2018

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It's been quite a week for Rovers defender Derrick Williams, who started it disappointed with just a point against Wigan but ended it with an Ireland call and a win over Blackpool.

Del joined team-mate Darragh Lenihan in being named on Thursday in Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland 30-man squad to take on Turkey in a couple of weeks time.

And 48 hours later he was celebrating another three-point haul for his club after a victory over Blackpool at Ewood Park.

And reflecting on the victory over the Tangerines, the 25-year-old admitted the game wasn't as easy as the scoreline would perhaps suggest.

“It wasn’t comfortable. It was a tough game especially first-half, they came out and made it difficult as we knew they would," he said to reporters.

“But we defended well and I thought the top half of the pitch were quality today, Dacky [Bradley Dack], Arma [Adam Armstrong] and DG [Danny Graham] were the difference really.

“I think the goal just put a downer on them going in to half-time. We probably didn’t play our best football but we did what we had to do to get three points. 3-0 against Blackpool is a good result.

“We all know what we have to do and we all know it’s all about three points."

And on a potential appearance for his country - which would be his first cap, Williams is hoping to make the cut when the squad is whittled down.

And he's hoping his pal Lenihan can join him in the final 25.

“I was happy when I found out. I know it gets cut down to 25 but to have your name in the mix is good," Del added.

“It’s just getting your name out there and showing people that I feel I should be around there. Hopefully if we can go up then next season it will give me and Darragh more exposure."

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